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Old 12-08-11, 05:22 AM   #1
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anyone have this type of arthritis?How does it effect your riding especially in the winter?
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Old 12-08-11, 08:20 PM   #2
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rheumatoid arthritis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001467/

I have no personal experience.
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I was diagnosed with RA in '89. For me, the day to day variation in how I feel is greater than a general summer vs winter variation.

As far the effect of RA on riding in general, you learn to adapt. The disease develops differently in different people. Joint damage in my wrists and hands made it impossible for me to use standard drop bars, brake levers, and shifters. I changed to flat bars with MTB levers and bar end shifters mounted on the handle bars. I know one guy who can no longer swing his leg over the seat, so he lays the bike on it's side, steps over the frame and picks the bike back up.

As long as your doc says it's ok to ride, just keep riding.

I hope you have many many years or good riding ahead of you.
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thanks Dr thinks I might have raynaurd symptom also.My toes have turned bright red.Sucks as I have a construction business that makes me be outside in iowa winters
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I imagine you'd like input from fellow sufferers. There are lots of folks here with OA/DJD, probably not so many with RA.

Treatment of RA has dramatically improved over the past 15 years. The key is to be treated by a well-trained rheumatologist. Most people do really well these days.

I can't tell from your description if you have Raymauds. If you do, I would not ride in cold weather. However, for your job I would invest in high quality gloves and winter foot ware and use appropriately.

I know I sound like the Pied Piper of Bentland, but I have pretty nasty DJD of the c spine and I loooooove my bent.
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This is another medical problem that recumbents help over come. Recumbents can be configured to help overcome many many medical problems. RA of the hands probably means you cant grip the handle bars of a DF bike all that well, but on a bent you do not need such a tight grip.
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