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    New member - above knee amputee rider

    Suggested I join the forum to have some of my technical questions answered. Am a avid road and mtn biker for a few years now and have ridden in Europe and South America, I am a amputee http://morethanmobility.ca/pages/about.html posted question about a Sram iMotion 9 hub use in bike mechanics section.
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    BKA here, and wonderful to see you being so active. I got tired of laying on my keester while I could do nothing but lay on my keester after a terrible motorcycle accident. Although I still am not as active as I would like to be, I strive to participate in what I can short of causing further injury. Look forward to hearing about some of your adventures.
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    I checked your link - a couple of similarities between you and me - I am 50, an Rt. AKA and also use the C-Leg; however, the big difference would be: you are an athlete who just happens to be an amputee; I am a couch potato looking to increase my cardio.

    I use a handcycle, but I'm curious about a couple of things:

    1) As an AKA, how do can you muster enough strentgth to bring up the pedal and push down on it with your prosthesis, especially with compromised quad/hamstring muscles?
    2) What happen if you have to make a sudden stop and have to lean on your prosthetic side?

    I ask because 1) while I have ridden a regular bike, I cannot sustain it for a long period since my left (my non-prosthetic) side quad/hamstring get tired after a short ride and 2) I would only ride on a track (away from traffic) where I don't have to make any sudden stops, and accidentally lean on my prosthetic side.

    Very interested to get your thoughts.

    Thanks.

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    I am a left below knee amputee, for a bit over 40 years now.

    For strength in thigh muscles on amputated side, I think you need to do exercises to build strength outside of biking. It sounds like your muscles are weak enough that just biking will take a very long time to strengthen them. I have no idea what sort of exercise would build those muscles for an A/K. I have been in that place (as a B/K) where some of my muscles are too weak, and biking does not make them stronger because they are so weak. If you have health insurance, you can ask your primary care doctor about getting some PT to prevent overuse injury in your remaining leg.

    Many amputees use some sort of pedal retention system. There is a dead spot in strength when bringing the pedal up on the prosthetic side. Toe clips, Power grips, or clipless pedals work. I started with Power grips about 10 years ago - they are easy to get the prosthetic foot into and out of. I switched to clipless pedals at some point.

    I always lean on my non-prosthetic side when I stop. You can practice doing this for a sudden stop. I highly recommend taking a Traffic Safety 101 class from www.bikeleague.org - this is one of the skills they will teach you. Practice will develop muscle memory, and you will lean on the non-prosthetic side automatically when you are stopping.

    There is a very active A/K amputee in my state who bikes and does triathlons. He is a physical therapist. I know people who know him, but I have not met him.

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    The VA published a book about strengthening exercises for lower limb amputees in the early 1990s. One portion of it is available at http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/mon...rlimb/legs.pdf
    I have this in print. This is apparently available from google books now at http://books.google.com/books/about/...d=RsXvu1Yo3NIC .

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    I'm a new amputee too, erm! over 50 and would like some advice too please

    Hi all. I am a AKA only in May this year. I can now walk for a short period on my prosthetic leg with 2 sticks (practising with one and without and still attend physio). I would like to cycle but have not cycled since a child because in my 20's my left leg was fused from a motorbike accident and did not bend at all. This same leg is the one that has been amputated. My wife took up cycling just over 12 months ago. I would like to join her. We would be leisure cyclists on canal towpaths and quiet roads. Does anyone have any tips for me to start cycling with my prosthetic leg. Any advice would be welcome. I have not bought a bike yet so some advice on that would be good too. Thank you

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    Read through this forum, you will find a great deal of information already here. Welcome to the forum, Nidge.
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    Consider a handcycle as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nidge View Post
    Hi all. I am a AKA only in May this year. I can now walk for a short period on my prosthetic leg with 2 sticks (practising with one and without and still attend physio). I would like to cycle but have not cycled since a child because in my 20's my left leg was fused from a motorbike accident and did not bend at all. This same leg is the one that has been amputated. My wife took up cycling just over 12 months ago. I would like to join her. We would be leisure cyclists on canal towpaths and quiet roads. Does anyone have any tips for me to start cycling with my prosthetic leg. Any advice would be welcome. I have not bought a bike yet so some advice on that would be good too. Thank you
    So many options available email me saam@nisa.net, steve - AK Amputee

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