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    How do quads use brakes on handcycles? i have strong arms..strong wrists but virtually no dexterity in my hands. i want one...not if i can't stop it though..lol.

    #2
    I've wondered the same thing. The old tuck'n'roll maneuver just doesn't sound appealing.

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      #3
      The front hub isw a coaster type brake.. Pedal backwards to stop.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Patonb
        The front hub isw a coaster type brake.. Pedal backwards to stop.
        that works...is that all? do they have anything that you can push instead of pulling?

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          #5
          bike-on.com does mods for quads. this brake has a foam covered handle you can push against.
          Last edited by JoeyMearig; 4 Jun 2008, 10:11 PM.
          Godspeed...
          freewheelchairmission.org

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            #6
            Originally posted by Patonb
            The front hub isw a coaster type brake.. Pedal backwards to stop.
            you would have to buy a hub specifically with a coaster brake for that to be a reality.
            Talk to the guys at Bike-on Joey referenced. I have saw pictures of some ingenius set-ups that they have made. Even one with the brake behind your head, tilt and push your head to slow/stop. Your imagination is the limit. But I will tell you to not waste time with a 7 speed, you need a much wider gear range than that, especially with hills or mountains.

            Spend some time searching the web, the european sites have many more riders than here in the US and a great many quads ride and compete. I used to have a lot of bookmarks for just such an occasion, but alas, no more. There are many sites with oodles of pictures of races/racers and their bikes. You can see how they have them set up. It will give you a much better idea than just looking at US bikes in sales pictures.

            here is a site to start checking for interesting links, there will be a bunch of duds, but search thru them
            http://www.bikesutra.com/handcycling.html

            this is a page with marathon pics it will keep ya busy all day, lol
            http://www.handbike.de/hct/berichte.php

            here is an example page of pics from this bunch
            http://www.handbike.de/hct/archiv/20...im08/index.php


            Start getting ready to have fun and get real exercise again.
            Last edited by CapnGimp; 5 Jun 2008, 12:49 AM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by JoeyMearig
              bike-on.com does mods for quads. this brake has a foam covered handle you can push against.
              cool.

              what'd they do for your setup?

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                #8
                Cap'n...... My rehab has them.. THE top End Excelerator has it stock, as well as a few other.

                So theu're out there, just your shnaaazy type don't.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Pruett
                  cool.

                  what'd they do for your setup?
                  I just have a regular brake on one of my handles. I have enough function in my right hand to pull the brake. I also have a brake mounted to the seat on the left. Most quads should be able to pull/push this one. (similar motion to stopping with your handrim).

                  Originally posted by CapnGimp

                  But I will tell you to not waste time with a 7 speed, you need a much wider gear range than that, especially with hills or mountains.
                  If you want a coaster brake (pedal backward to brake), you can get the mountain drive option ($$) which doubles the 7 speed. I have tried a 7-speed and been VERY slow. I haven't tried the mountain drive.

                  One warning about coaster brake: I have a hard time starting my pedal stroke from certain positions, especially on hills. Without a coaster brake, I can pedal backward in place until the cranks are in a position that is easier to start from. (Remember biking as a kid, the pedal had to be in just the right place or you'd fall over).

                  With a coaster brake this is not an option
                  Godspeed...
                  freewheelchairmission.org

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                    #10
                    www.teamhybrid.co.uk make a quad brake, which i think is a sort of bar going between hand grips that you hit with your wrists to activate... not sure how it works, or if it also acts as a parking brake. anyway, therere some photos on the website.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by CapnGimp
                      ... the european sites have many more riders than here in the US
                      This is an italian Handbike who brakes pedalling backward http://www.offcarr.com/ita/prodotti....a=60&idProd=80
                      It's cheap. I don't know if it's sold in US.

                      Antonio

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by JoeyMearig
                        If you want a coaster brake (pedal backward to brake), you can get the mountain drive option ($$) which doubles the 7 speed. I have tried a 7-speed and been VERY slow. I haven't tried the mountain drive.

                        One warning about coaster brake: I have a hard time starting my pedal stroke from certain positions, especially on hills. Without a coaster brake, I can pedal backward in place until the cranks are in a position that is easier to start from. (Remember biking as a kid, the pedal had to be in just the right place or you'd fall over).
                        I have the mountain drive and the 7 speed hub. In order to use the "granny" gears of the mountain drive I upped the crank chain ring (52 - I think) There is a big gap in the gearing when you switch in the mountain drive.

                        I agree with the hill warning. The sun gears in the Shimano hub do not like to go backwards. If you stall a coaster break hub on a hill, good luck. You can't ratchet it up the hill.

                        That being said, I love the setup I have - you just have to learn the quirks.

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                          #13
                          I came across a video on youtube (type in handbike) of a quad with a brake behind his head. Pretty cool.

                          I'll try to embed it...

                          ok..not sure how, but here's the url

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxNDld3fxU
                          Godspeed...
                          freewheelchairmission.org

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                            #14
                            yah that is soooo cool! but it looks likes he cant change gears tho...
                            I've got 99 problems but the wheelchair ain't 1

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                              #15
                              Man, that looked sketchy though. Not sure how much force is needed, but it would really limit your awarenes looking in crowded area.

                              Good for open areas though.

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