Tricycle or Adult Stabilizer Wheels for Neuropathy?
My dad has neuropathy in both legs (indeterminate origin) and is unable to get on his hybrid. He thinks he could ride a cruiser style bike with a step-through frame. Because he has trouble knowing exactly where his feet are, I think this would be extremely dangerous. I think a tricycle or a step-through frame with adult stabilizer wheels (basically adult training wheels) would be much safer. A recumbent is out of the question because he has trouble getting up from low chairs. I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.
There are SO many variances in conditions, but, FWIW:
I have the condition to the point of needing a cane to save a potential fall when walking anywhere. Really, I don't have trouble cycling, with a few exceptions. I need to visually check my foot position regularly if riding without toe clips, otherwise knee trouble starts within a short time. He'll need to keep those joints lined up to save possible injury. My left leg has actually developed better muscle bulk and tone because I can't press as hard with the right leg.
Handily, I don't need a cane when out cycling; using the bike and brakes for support when walking works out fine for me. If I have to leave the bike, I've got trouble! Getting on/off can be risky, but again, lock the brake and it should help. A step through or mixte may work out without the performance downgrade a trike would entail.
Good luck to both of you; you may be pleasantly surprized at how much he's able to do, I hope so anyway!
Last edited by North Coast Joe; 08-17-13 at 06:19 AM.
Thanks, everyone. I've tried to get him to go the bike trail the last two weekends where we could rent a trike to see how he does, but he has been resistant (despite saying he would really like to be able to get out and ride). I think the trike or the stabilizer wheels would be because he wouldn't have to worry about falling over when he stops. I think there may be a pride issue going on.
Thanks, Northcoast. It sounds that the two of you may be similarly situated. But...he has refused to to use any form of support that looks like a medical device, even after his back surgery--which of course resulted in multiple falls. When we go shopping, he uses the cart for support. Maybe, instead of trying to talk him into renting a trike, I should suggest renting the step-through frame (see above).
Last edited by anon1010; 08-17-13 at 07:19 AM.
Reason: word choice
Just for clarification, the pictured trike is not a step through design. The Trailmate Joy Rider is a true step through design, http://www.trailmate.com/productJoyRider.cfm; however, being very low would present a problem from your indication regarding difficulties in getting up from a low seated position.