Jump to content
Heather Mills - Amputee Forum

Recommended Posts

Hello fellow amps!!

I have bought myself a mountain bike with bike clips on the pedals. Everytime I have been on it I have fallen off because my prosthetic is stuck in the toe clip. Also, when I am cycling without the toe clip my leg pings out, this means stopping the bike and putting the leg foot back on. This is very frustrating as 1 mile can take about an hour!!

Does anyone have any advice. for example do I take off the toe clips, do I purchase new pedals for cycling shoes, or is it just practice?

I really appreciate your responses.

Thank you very much.

Linnitt29

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ride my bike with no clips. I'm LBK and my foot usually stays on the pedal with no problem. I'm not riding real fast, nor am I riding a great distance. Just pleasure riding.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

Try wrapping velcro around the pedal, and then put strips of velcro on the bottom of the shoe you will use for cycling. That should be enough to keep your foot on the pedal. I'm an AK, too, and it works great for me! Although I haven't tried it on any heavy duty trails, just pleasure rides. :)

Karen

AKA

Orlando, Florida

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get yourself some good flat pedals like these which I use :-

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx...3&UberCat=0

The get these :-

http://www.stif.co.uk/shop/mb_software_pro...ten&cat=211

The pedals will grip any training shoe quite well but the sole of the 5:10 impacts are made from a rubber used for climbing shoes which sticks like nothing you can image and when hooked up to those pedals will give a very firm platform.

I've been using this setup for about 8 months and it works a dream.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hiya i am above knee as well

i find these the bees nees

http://www.cyclesense.co.uk/products.php?plid=m9b19s385p2832

reason being thay are always level when you need to come of the bike or if you want to put your leg in

very good for safety!!!

i am a size 11 and i have been via 4 diffrent ways and these are the best so far!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hiya i am above knee as well

i find these the bees nees

http://www.cyclesense.co.uk/products.php?plid=m9b19s385p2832

They look interesting, only last night I got emailed about these :-

http://shop.protonlocks.com/splashPage.hg

Also look promising.

What kind of riding do you do Stephen?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been on (not ride) a bike a couple of times. I'm an AK and, when I sit on the seat, my knee axis is out to the side instead if straight forward. The only way I could make a full revolution of the pedals is with nothing but my heal on the pedal. (I hope that makes sense.) It seemed WAY goofy and inefficient. To be truthful, I haven't put any effort into it because of that. Well, that and the fact that I rarely rode before my amp.

Somebody school me, please. :huh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest bearlover

My husband put a peddle extender on my left peddle as my foot kept comming off as I peddled..It works well and now all most never comes off when I peddle my mountian bike. Not sure if this is what you are asking about.. I'm a LBK..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

not got on my bike again yet - used to do serious offroad here and in France. SPDs good or bad idea?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hiya i am above knee as well

i find these the bees nees

http://www.cyclesense.co.uk/products.php?plid=m9b19s385p2832

reason being thay are always level when you need to come of the bike or if you want to put your leg in

very good for safety!!!

i am a size 11 and i have been via 4 diffrent ways and these are the best so far!

im not a mad rider i just started doing it for health reasons about 12mths back

i started on a electric bike first and got my fitness to a level , then a few mths back i could go to a normal mountain bike

i say i go out 3 times a week now and have no problems at all

good thing is that i stuck to it

i got so fed up being in doors all day thinking i wish i could do this? and do that? in the end i looked at myself in the mirror thinking look at my belly and my double chin and usually i go the the fridge to get more chocolates.... i did the right move buying a electric bike........ just being out there in the real world was a big bonus!! then the rest comes and comes you manage to pedel more without the motor on full throttle

i think anybody who are or in the same postion as i was who could get £300 together? then do it 100%

anyway back to the topic yeah i go out 3 times a week its brilliant

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't wait to try and ride a bike. I was an avid road biker for the last six years. I am a hip disartic and know it might be difficult to ride...but I'm gonna give it my best shot once I get used to my new leg. I find all this information so helpful...I just want to say thanks!!! Are any AK's able to ride fast??? Or will I just have to face the fact that I have to slow down. (Which I'm learning to do with just about everything these days.)

Has anyone tried the magnetic pedals?

I've also never heard of a pedal extender...where do you get one? This might sound stupid...but how exactly does it work or hook up to the pedal?

Has anyone tried a trike??? I'm curious to hear your experiences too? Seems like most people who posts are on mountain bikes. Are you riding trails or using the wider tires for safer riding?

Not sure what kind of bike to ride...I just know I won't be able to get my leg over my old road bike...so I'm interested in hearing what others are riding since I'll have to get a new bike.

Linnitt29, I hope you get your pedal/leg problems straightened out cause there's nothing better than feeling the wind on your face while your legs power you as you move on a bike!

Lorri

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Are any AK's able to ride fast??? Or will I just have to face the fact that I have to slow down.

Lorri

Check these out for inspiration

http://mtbike.mountainzone.com/2005/transrockies/index.html

Loads of info here :-

http://www.mtb-amputee.com/index.htm

Also check out my post http://www.heathermillsmccartney.com/forum...?showtopic=4371 as well.

Should be enough there to keep you going ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest bearlover

I'm only a LBK but the pictures are a real inspiration, I think most will enjoy these..Thnaks for sharing :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Rikk,

Great stuff...The video of the bike messanger was wonderful!!! I wish they had shown him starting up on his bike...but that's just my curiosity...There's a guy in my area that rides one-legged too...He's been an AK for over 20 years, and maybe I'm just making an excuse but at 52, I'm not ready to try riding one-legged...

Your post is great...Tigertatt sent it to me before I became a member of this group...I printed it out for further reference since it had so much helpful information on it...

I'm not into mountain biking...mostly road and have always hated hills so the other story of the mountain biker who raced up the mountains was truly amazing too...I'm sure I'm gonna like hills even less with my prosthesis...but I'm going for speed on the flats!

Thanks....I'm inspired!!!!!!!

Lorri

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×