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Adaptive Cycling: Handcycles, Amputee Adaptation, Visual Impairment, and Other Needs Have a need for adaptive equipment to ride to compensate for a disability or loss of limb or function? This area is for discussion among those of us in the cycling world that are coming back from traumatic circumstances and tell the world, "No, you are not going to beat me down!"

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Old 01-18-14, 10:14 AM   #1
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Recommendation requested on bike for 80 year old woman-recovering from broken hip

One recommendation has been Crank Forward bike, my concern is she also has bad back, and I am concerned that may stretch her out too much...thoughts, PLEASE
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Old 01-18-14, 11:54 AM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Why not ask your question in the 50+ forum. We have several members who are 70s and early 80s. Perhaps they can help.
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Old 01-18-14, 12:00 PM   #3
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I would suggest a trike. No balance or fall issues. Relatively inexpensive.
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Welcome to bikeforums!

I've moved your thread from introductions to adaptive cycling for the gurus here to provide some insight.
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Not to be mean, but unless this individual actually gets around well and the fall was pure chance, I might recommend a recumbent at spin class.

Figured I might explain my position a bit so as not to be thought too inconsiderate. As has been pointed out a two wheeler will be out of the question. A three wheeler or recumbent may be in order, but then who is riding WITH them, helping in and out of the seat, which they will need after recovering from a broken hip and the requisite healing time. Consider as well that unless this person is or has been a "roadie", you will have to find a safe, flat place to ride.
I know folks will take offense to my putting it this way, but I certainly wouldn't put my mom on a road bike or trike and tell her to "go ride" at this point. I will (and did) recommend she go to a gym, and she enjoys it very much. Not only from a health standpoint, but the other folks she has met there as well.

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