Hey everyone, My name is Chris. First off I am completely new to this community and there is probably other threads discussing the same problem but I have some unique circumstances that I need to address, so I figured I would post it anyways. I am 25 years old and I was in a near fatal motorcycle accident going on 4 years ago. Long story short I had a bunch of broken bones which I have use of now, but I had some pretty extensive nerve damage done to my right leg from the knee down. On a good day my knee has a range of motion of about 85 degrees but I struggle at the top of my stride on a stationary bike at physical therapy. I do not have a 90 degree ankle flex though, I am probably going to have to figure out some kind of foot strap. I have a weak hip and hamstring, calf is getting stronger everyday and quad is strongest its been in the last 3 years. I really am just looking for some guidance as to what measurements I would need to be looking for. Reading some of the threads I see people have suggested shorter cranks. I spent most of my life on two wheels. I would love to start riding a bike again at least. I rode a lot as a teen and child but never paid too much attention to the details of my bike. I can't afford to spend an arm and a leg(hehe seeing as how I only have one left ;D ) but any suggestions and advice are welcome.
Hello Chris welcome to BF. I have a similar situation with nerve damage right side partial foot paralysis and muscle weakness due to broken back / fusion surgery three months back. But I am over twice your age! Physical therapy three days a week has helped some. Forbidden from riding a bike but can pedal for hours on a recumbent indoor machine. Hope to be riding outdoors next spring. I assume you have already seen the thread fifteen lines down on this sub forum almost of the same name as yours "Limited leg ROM looking for options" by started by yss - sorry I don't know how to link to it - it has about all you need to know about cranks, ROM issues etc. Just keep your therapist in the loop because He/She is key to muscle growth and flexibility improvement. Good luck!