Recumbent - injury question
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01-04-08, 10:22 AM
I have a hip injury from a few years back. It makes it quite painfull to ride a regular style bike so I've been thinking of trying a recumbent. I was looking into the lightfoot trikes and was wondering what you fine folks think? Do the lightfoots sit up a little higher then most recumbents?
When I ride regular style it feels like someone is trying to pull my leg from the hip socket and it's hard to walk for the next couple days. I know that being in a bit more of a reclined position doesn't hurt really at all because I've ridden on different motorcycles. Dirt bike style where your legs are right under you and had pain but when I've ridden on the the harley style bikes, no pain.
01-04-08, 02:20 PM
The description of your pain is a bit vague, but I would recommend that you find a recumbent trike dealer and try different models to make sure you can ride them pain-free.
01-06-08, 12:17 PM
Ditto here on the try it before you buy it. Good trikes are really expensive and you don't want to find out after the fact that you can't ride it comfortably. I don't think the motorcycle/trike analogy is a good one. You are going to be putting stress on the ball and socket joint in your hip as you pedal the trike. There isn't much stress on your legs when you are just sitting on a motorcycle seat. The heavier the trike, the more effort and greater stress you will put on that joint. You might ask both here and on www.bentrideronline.com (messageboard new-to-recumbent section) if there is anyone living near you who would let you take a decent length ride on their trike to find out. Be sure to indicate your X-seam because many trikes come in multiple frame sizes and you need one that truly fits you to get the best test.
01-06-08, 01:51 PM
Again for try before you buy. I'd expect you'd need a very upright LWB bike, like a stratus of some flavor.
01-06-08, 06:55 PM
You're describing a closed hip position to reduce the pain from your injury. To get a closed hip angle you need an upright seat or high pedals - or both. The Lightfoot trike looks somewhat closed, but not as much as some of their 2-wheelers. I can't tell you much about the bikes except from the pics on their web page, though.
01-06-08, 11:02 PM
Look for a sports medicine doctor who is willing to work with you. If your legs are different lengths or twisted somehow special pedal arrangements can be tried. Only one good leg, take off the other pedal and have a foot rest for the injured leg. Worst to worst there are many hand powered machines.
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