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    Hello everyone, for 2 years I am using a Hase Kettwiesel handbike with electric motor, which is great for commuting in the city, but now I am thinking about purchasing a race handbike and start to train in order to be able to participate in contests. My weight is just 45 Kg, after the SCI my legs got very thin, so I am guessing it will be very important for me to get a very light handbike. My questions are:
    (I am from Eastern Europe)

    - What handbike would you recommend?
    - What are the lightest handbikes available?
    - Should I get a custom build bike or buy a second hand? What options to choose for the bike?
    - Are there any other forums dedicated to handbike users?
    - Any other tips or advice?

    Thank you in advance! In my country the community of handbike user is just emerging, no dealers for such equipment at all, so I have no other way to get this info.

  • #2
    I'm not a fan of buying used at all. the best handbike made is the carbonbike. I own one myself and sell them any questions feel free to email me
    Bike-on.com rep
    John@bike-on.com
    c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
    sponsored handcycle racer

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    • #3
      It would be helpful to know (on your profile) what country you live in, in order to give you better advice.

      Since you have already been using a handcycle, you might want to submit an application to CAF (the Challenged Athletes Foundation) as they will often fund equipment like this. Applications will be accepted for 2018 (spring) grants between Sept. 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017: http://www.challengedathletes.org/programs/grants/

      They do not limit their grants to people only in the USA.

      (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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      • #4
        Thanks for the advice, I will consider submitting an application to CAF.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your reply. Why do you say that the carbonbike is the best handbike? What is it's weight?

          Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
          I'm not a fan of buying used at all. the best handbike made is the carbonbike. I own one myself and sell them any questions feel free to email me

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