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    Disability cycling; Trike & tadpoles?

    I would like to get some advice regarding my wife who is now disabled but use to enjoy biking. Sylvia lost both arms above her elbows in an accident. We both love biking but it is not possible for her at this time and as a result I very rarely go out on my bike. It doesn't feel right if I go out doing something that she enjoys but can't do. I am fairly confident she can get back on the road using a tadpole style recumbent.

    I have pretty much figured out shifting gears and braking but steering is still a big problem. Is there a trike or tadpole style bike that is steered by shifting the rider's weight?
    Giant OCR Touring:
    52-39-30 Ultegra / 11-28 10 speed cassette
    105 shifters
    Carbon CX fork
    Avid disc brakes

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    I have seen pictures of a tandem that had a recumbent front end and a "normal" bike behind.

    It may have been custom? But here's what I'm talking about: http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/pino.shtml
    http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/pino_race.shtml
    http://www.angletechcycles.com/bikes/tandems/index.htm

    There also seems to be some recumbent/recumbent tandems that would work as well if you are interested in a recumbent as well.
    (just search google for "recumbent tandem")

    Doesn't solve the problem if she wants to ride alone, but that's the best I can do with my experiences. Good luck to you both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CougarTrek
    I have seen pictures of a tandem that had a recumbent front end and a "normal" bike behind.

    It may have been custom? But here's what I'm talking about: http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/pino.shtml
    http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/pino_race.shtml
    http://www.angletechcycles.com/bikes/tandems/index.htm

    There also seems to be some recumbent/recumbent tandems that would work as well if you are interested in a recumbent as well.
    (just search google for "recumbent tandem")

    Doesn't solve the problem if she wants to ride alone, but that's the best I can do with my experiences. Good luck to you both!
    Thanks, that bike is the Hase Pino. I am very familiar with that bike as it is one option we had contemplated. First problem with the Pino is it's price. At $4500 - $5000 for a base model it is way too pricey for us. Second: as you mentioned, she would not be able to ride alone.

    Thanks for your input anyway
    Giant OCR Touring:
    52-39-30 Ultegra / 11-28 10 speed cassette
    105 shifters
    Carbon CX fork
    Avid disc brakes

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    CougarTrek, Thanks for the Angle Tech website!!! I called them up to ask for some advice and it turns out they actually built a bike for a man who lost his arms in a farming accident. They are sending me a quote as I type this. It won't be long before Sylvia is feeling the wind blow in her face again.

    THANKS AGAIN!!!



    Giant OCR Touring:
    52-39-30 Ultegra / 11-28 10 speed cassette
    105 shifters
    Carbon CX fork
    Avid disc brakes

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    Sweet!

    I hope they can work something out for you. It will definitely be nice if she can ride alone!

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    There's an awesome local company here who does some amazing prosthetic work too. Not sure where you live or the exact situation, but here's the place if it's of any help. Best wishes for her riding again!

    http://www.clarkprosthetics.com/index.asp
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    This kind of thread is why RBR rocks. . .

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