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Old 04-26-12, 06:05 PM   #1
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I have Cerebral Palsy and am looking for a recumbent bike.

I don't really know if this belongs in the adaptive cycling part of the forum or here. So to start off I have Cerebral Palsy and wear AFO's I was looking at the Mobo Triton Pro 20" but heard it wasn't good for anything but flat areas plus the tires wear out quickly. I'll be using my bike primarily for exercise and will be using on an uphill grade. What bike would be good for my situation as the main problem is with foot stabilization on a bike pedal as my feet turn out. Is their any anything out there that could help with this situation? and what's the price lol?
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Old 04-26-12, 07:18 PM   #2
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Take a road trip to a recumbent specialist bike shop. Call ahead to determine the best time to go. Hopefully they will have someone who can eveluate your abilities and any special needs.
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You might enjoy a trike more.....
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Searchable recumbent buyer's guide:
http://www.recumbents.com/recumbents.asp

Yes, the Triton thing is a toy. Get at least 8 gears if you're planning on doing any hills at all. Singles and 3-speeds just don't cut it when you can't stand to pedal.
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Many recumbent-oriented shops also deal with adaptations for various issues. The one in Portland, Oregon (Coventry Cycle Works) sure does. If you want to see what's possible, check out the Lightfoot Cycles site: http://lightfootcycles.com/

FWIW: there's a local rider who I *think* has Cerebral Palsy that I see on a Sun recumbent trike: http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_d...&cl1=RECUMBENT . I haven't talked to him- I'm usually going the opposite way.
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I might just get a trike as their cheaper but I still need something for foot stabilization as my feet turn outward. Any suggestions?
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I might just get a trike as their cheaper but I still need something for foot stabilization as my feet turn outward. Any suggestions?
Clipless pedals? I use SPD, the advantage being walkability. Clipless systems require a special shoe AND a special pedal.
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I might need leg stabilization as well.
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Look into Power Grips. These attach to platform pedals. They are straps into which you slide your feet. You can wear pretty much any type of shoe. Sliding your feet out to stop is quite easy.

http://www.mountainracingproducts.com/power-grips/
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0345&pageView=
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A trike with clipless might be your best solution. The clipless will stabilize both foot and leg to some degree. But you wont know until you try it.....
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+1 on the trike. You were talking hills for the exercise. With a trike, you can just stop clipped in, and then start up again if needed. All the reasons mentioned above for a trike are true.
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"I might just get a trike as their cheaper but I still need something for foot stabilization as my feet turn outward. Any suggestions?"

You obviously haven't checked the price of recumbent trikes. The really good trikes are $$$$.

If you want to go ultra cheap, you can use strapless toe clips available from Nashbar for $6 a pair (Item NS-MTC). Next up would be powergrips which I think run about $15-20. Both of these use ordinary pedals and work with regular shoes. Of course, then there are clipless pedals and cycling shoes which can add up pretty quickly. I've used the Nashbar mini toeclips for many years on all my bikes and both of my trikes. Never had a problem with "foot suck" which is losing contact with the pedals and getting my lower leg or ankle caught between the ground and the crosspiece on the trike frame.
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VT: OP has cerebral palsy, which may necessitate a more positive foot retention than a simple mini toe clip. Kevin Degen - you can Google him - had CP, and rode on an upright delta trike.
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Terra Trike has full foot retainers . I'd suggest checking out their Rover or Rambler trike (or at least talking to them). If you have tone issues, they can be fitted with seatbelts/straps.

http://www.terratrike.com/shop/acces...prod_6376.html

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My wife has serious balance issues due to a brain tumor and post-operative stroke, and she rides a Sun EZ3, and loves it. It's not sporty, but it's comfortable. As to foot retention, she uses crank brothers Egg Beater pedals. Lots of float.



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