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Old 04-29-14, 10:35 AM   #1
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A friend is looking for a handcycle--need suggestions

A friend of mine is recovering from cancer. His particular cancer makes it impossible for him to now ride a regular bike, so he is looking for a handcycle.

What are your recommendations for a good handcycle?

He does not have a lot of money (well he has really no money) and so price is a major consideration.

Are these bikes ever sold in CL? Is there a used-market for these bikes?

He is a veteran (Viet-Nam) and I wonder if there are any sources to assist veterans purchase one of these bikes for a lower than retail cost.

Any information that you may pass along will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.
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Old 04-29-14, 11:14 AM   #2
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If he has insurance (VA?), it might be possible for his doctor to write a prescription. I don't know if it it would work, though.
Most likely, it would be classed as durable medical equipment and he might have a co-pay.
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If he has insurance (VA?), it might be possible for his doctor to write a prescription. I don't know if it it would work, though.
Most likely, it would be classed as durable medical equipment and he might have a co-pay.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will check with him.
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Have him see a recreation therapist at his closet va hospital or have him see Disabliable Vet state assoc.
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