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    I've been looking for some sort of front wheel drive foot cycle that can be attached to a wheelchair for someone with hemiparesis, who if strapped in can pedal with both feet. So far, this is the only one I can find, but it looks to not be made any more. Does anyone know anything similar?


    The WheelchairBike is a cycle attachment for wheelchairs designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities. This maintenance-free wheel and pedal assembly is intended for use by individuals with limited or no use of their legs, attaches to the front of most 18- and 20-inch wheelchairs, and can be maneuvered by shifting body weight. The unit has a steel frame, no wearable parts, and wheels that roll on high-speed bushings. WEIGHT: 16 pounds. GUARANTEE: Lifetime guarantee.
    Notes: The manufacturer states replacement tires, tubes, and pedals are available at bicycle shops.
    Price: 289.00.

    Chief Manufacturing

    4080 West Airline Highway
    Reserve, Louisiana 70084
    United States
    Telephone: 504-638-4702.
    Web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-Ln3n59j-o.
    Email: simplexchief@hotmail.com.


    I also saw this old article about it: http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.c...istance-2.aspx
    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

    #2
    How about a handcycle attachment?
    http://riomobility.com/en/dragonfly/index.htm
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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      #3
      Have you considered a recumbent trike?

      If transfers are not to difficult, a purpose built trike will far outperform a wheelchair attachment and be far more comfortable for the user. There are full suspension models (I remember you talking about cobblestones) such as the HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS. It folds for easy transport.

      The use of toe clips (my personal preference is for Speedplay Frogs, they allow a lot of play while you pedal) will allow your weak side to be assisted by your strong side.

      There are also braking systems that put full control for the brakes in one hand. The shifter is either a bar-end or a twist shift - but again, only one side. And the steering, while designed for both hands, is linked by a kingpin that allows you to use only one hand to turn.

      Another model to look ate might be the ICE.

      I personally have a Catrike which I love and have put several thousand miles on. It does not have suspension, though.
      Last edited by IsMaisin; 28 Jan 2013, 5:54 PM.
      Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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        #4
        Check these out:

        http://stanfordflipside.com/2011/03/...d-wheelchairs/

        http://ych-healthcare.en.alibaba.com....html#inSearch

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJy7K1STFyg

        The EZ-Chair was formerly an option, but is now out of production.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          How about modifying a unicycle? They seem to have quick release seat posts, so there are probably a few options for attaching it to a chair.

          Should be a relatively cheap solution (at least in comparison to "medical" equipment!)
          Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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            #6
            KLD, I have to ask, is that a serious suggestion...because the article below the picture certainly isn't (I hope!)? And if you google the device, that's the only link that comes up! The other thing that looks a bit suss to an Australian is the person in the photo, who looks remarkably like one of our recent Prime Ministers!
            Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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              #7
              I think it was a piss take.

              Originally posted by Gordy1 View Post
              KLD, I have to ask, is that a serious suggestion...because the article below the picture certainly isn't (I hope!)? And if you google the device, that's the only link that comes up! The other thing that looks a bit suss to an Australian is the person in the photo, who looks remarkably like one of our recent Prime Ministers!
              Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                #8
                One arm is completely not usable and very painful. I have looked a bit at the BirkelBike that has hand and foot pedals, but still think it would be really difficult and painful.
                Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                How about a handcycle attachment?
                http://riomobility.com/en/dragonfly/index.htm
                Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by IsMaisin View Post
                  Have you considered a recumbent trike?

                  If transfers are not to difficult, a purpose built trike will far outperform a wheelchair attachment and be far more comfortable for the user. There are full suspension models (I remember you talking about cobblestones) such as the HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS. It folds for easy transport.

                  The use of toe clips (my personal preference is for Speedplay Frogs, they allow a lot of play while you pedal) will allow your weak side to be assisted by your strong side.

                  There are also braking systems that put full control for the brakes in one hand. The shifter is either a bar-end or a twist shift - but again, only one side. And the steering, while designed for both hands, is linked by a kingpin that allows you to use only one hand to turn.

                  Another model to look ate might be the ICE.

                  I personally have a Catrike which I love and have put several thousand miles on. It does not have suspension, though.
                  I think this the right idea. I have a trike and I just love it. I put a scale against a wall and was able to push 47 pounds with one leg, and about the same with the other one. With this little bit of strength I can go pretty good. But I had to put mountain bike gears on the front 3 sprockets because of how weak my legs are.
                  T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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                    #10
                    Transfers are really difficult for a recumbent/trike. I'm looking for an attachment, not a completely separate piece of equipment. If it went well with something not too expensive, maybe we would then go for something more.

                    Originally posted by IsMaisin View Post
                    Have you considered a recumbent trike?

                    If are not to difficult, a purpose built trike will far outperform a wheelchair attachment and be far more comfortable for the user...
                    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                      #11
                      More info on the Japanese one above:

                      http://h-tess.com/en/modules/tinyd/index.php?id=2

                      Also found this one:

                      http://www.ped-l-tech.com/pedltech/pedlchairvideos.html

                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Gordy1 View Post
                        KLD, I have to ask, is that a serious suggestion...because the article below the picture certainly isn't (I hope!)? And if you google the device, that's the only link that comes up! The other thing that looks a bit suss to an Australian is the person in the photo, who looks remarkably like one of our recent Prime Ministers!
                        Gordy, I didn't click on the link until I read your reply. My god, it's John Howard!

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                          #13
                          I read another post that said it was Dick Cheney!

                          Originally posted by amyk View Post
                          Gordy, I didn't click on the link until I read your reply. My god, it's John Howard!
                          Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by elarson View Post
                            Transfers are really difficult for a recumbent/trike. I'm looking for an attachment, not a completely separate piece of equipment. If it went well with something not too expensive, maybe we would then go for something more.
                            Have you looked at hase bikes? The kettweisel and Lepus models both have a seat height of about 18-20"' and have a handcycle add on plus optional power assist. And it's a German company, plenty in holland. Drive + disk braking to both rear wheels... I know it's separate, but possibly as a later option.

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                              #15
                              Unfortunately, all of the pedal bike attachments I can find are way out of our budget, as well as the pedal trikes like Hase. We really don't want a complete separate piece of equipment and want something that is attachable to the wheelchair.

                              This started because I've been looking into possibilities for a third wheel all-terrain option like a FreeWheel or others as mentioned in this post #36. Unfortunately, it does not look like we will be able to easily connect the Freewheel because of a DU modification for flip-up footrests, so I decided to see what else might be possible. My husband was an avid bicyclist, and I thought it might be fun for him to have something he could pedal sometimes too.

                              I was hoping that something simple was available, like an attachable third wheel with a pedal crank, and possibly a freewheel hub, cantilever brake and handle bars. The idea was that it would also work as the FreeWheel does on rough terrain, with the added ability to pedal for excercise. Since we really don't know how much pedalling will be possible, I wanted to see if there was anything relatively cheap out there to try.

                              Although the link that KLD gave was not for real with the text, the photo was real, and there is a foot pedaled attachable bike called the Speedy Pedalofit by Reha-Technik. It's expensive, and I don't think will fit with the DU modification that we are getting because the size of the center adapter.


                              There is also another attachable bike that is only foot pedaled, the BerkelBike EasyLegs Connect (only in Dutch), but it also has a auxiliary motor, which we do not want and is expensive. Although this picture does not show it with the pedals, it gives an idea.

                              There is also a hybrid, the BirkelBike Connect (formerly Classic) that I mentioned in a previous post. It has hand and foot pedals, but is also very expensive, and I'm not sure the hand pedals would be possible.



                              Maybe someday I can look into Gordy's idea of modifying a unicycle or possibly a cheap adult trike, big wheel, drift trike, etc., which are way cheaper at about $500. Here are some examples:

                              Last edited by elarson; 29 Jan 2013, 2:58 PM.
                              Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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