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    Has any one used one of these cycles.They go for around 8,000 dollars but say lifespan is about 5 years which has me worried


  • #2
    cwa67, I'm the co-founder and CTO of MYOLYN, the company that makes the MyoCycle.

    We just received FDA clearance and started selling the MyoCycle, so the only people that have used it so far are those that participated in our research prior to FDA clearance. That includes about 40 people from Push to Walk NJ, Brooks Rehab in Jacksonville, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. They helped us design it, and I believe they liked it a lot. I hope that one or more of those people are on here and give you their opinions.

    Regarding your comment about the lifespan. The expected service life is 5 years, not the lifespan. Expected service life is a term from IEC 60601-1 that defines how long the device is guaranteed to be in compliance with the requirements of the standard. Intertek has some good information about expected service life. We expect the MyoCycle to work well for much longer than 5 years, depending on how it's handled. Just like anything else, if you take care of it, it'll last.
    Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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    • #3
      It looks like a USA version of the German-made MOTO-Med. MOTO-Med FES bikes sometimes come up for sale on eBay.

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      • #4
        They followed me on Twitter yesterday. Must want business.
        Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

        T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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        • #5
          Someone from the company is a member of the forum, search for Alan Hamlet. He usually replies to FES bike threads. I'm not sure where they are with production or sales yet, not available in Europe yet but a lot cheaper than RT in US.

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          • #6
            I replied yesterday but mods haven't approved my post yet. For those that don't know, I'm the co-founder and CTO of MYOLYN, the company that makes the MyoCycle.

            To address cwa67's comments. We just got FDA clearance for the MyoCycle, so we're just now allowed to start selling it. The only people that have used it so far are those that participated in our research prior to FDA clearance. We had about 40 people with paralysis use it at Push to Walk NJ, Brooks Rehab in Jacksonville, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. They helped us design it, and I believe that most liked it as much or better than the RT300. I hope that some of them are on here and can give you their own opinions about it.

            Regarding the lifespan. It's not the lifespan that's 5 years, it's the expected service life, which is a term defined in IEC 60601-1. Basically, expected service life is the period for which we can guarantee that the MyoCycle meets the requirements of the 60601 standard. Lifespan is another matter that depends on how it's handled. We designed the MyoCycle with a solid steel frame and easily serviceable components, so with some occasional maintenance, it should easily last 10+ years, especially at home.

            Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about it.
            Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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            • #7
              MomNoah, I replied to you a while ago with some links, but mods never approved my post. The research on passive cycling alone has just about proven that it doesn't do much (at low speeds). It can have a minor effect on blood circulation and spasticity, and passive cycling at high speeds (> 80 rpm) has a demonstrated effect in Parkinson's patients. Beyond that, it's not particularly useful. Passive gait training is a little more beneficial because of the added loading from body weight support. Adding FES significantly improves results because you have active muscle contractions.

              That being said, if someone has volitional function (i.e., they can cycle or walk on their own to some extent), assisted cycling or gait training can be very beneficial. It always depends on the person. I'd link you some studies, but the mod of this forum doesn't seem to be actively approving posts with links. Could be me though.

              Hope that helps!

              EDIT: This post was moved here from another thread.
              Last edited by Matt Bellman; 05-07-2017, 08:50 PM.
              Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mjwrides View Post
                how much do these bikes cost? I didn't see it on the websites
                We just got FDA clearance for the MyoCycle, and it's a lot more affordable than the alternatives. Check out MYOLYN for more info. QuadmanJr's response is accurate for the RT300s. MotoMed with FES is in the same range.


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                Last edited by Matt Bellman; 05-07-2017, 08:50 PM.
                Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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                • #9
                  Hi Matt. Great to have MyoCycle as an alternative to RTI and I like the approach you've taken with it. I know you have plans for a 12-channel unit aimed at rehab facilities, but that's the unit that would interest me. I have an old RT300 right now and six channels (IMHO) is insufficient. When will your 12-channel unit be available and what's the intended price-point?
                  T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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                  • #10
                    Hey Mize, it's too early to say. The timing of new products and upgrades will depend on how well the MyoCycle does as it is now.
                    Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mjwrides View Post
                      how much do these bikes cost? I didn't see it on the websites
                      We just got FDA clearance for the MyoCycle, and it's a lot more affordable than the alternatives. Check out MYOLYN for more info. QuadmanJr's response is accurate for the RT300s. MotoMed with FES is in the same range.
                      Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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                      • #12
                        How about a video of a paralyzed person hooking up and and using the myocycle?

                        http://myolyn.com/index.php



                        Originally posted by Matt Bellman View Post
                        We just got FDA clearance for the MyoCycle, and it's a lot more affordable than the alternatives. Check out MYOLYN for more info. QuadmanJr's response is accurate for the RT300s. MotoMed with FES is in the same range.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                          How about a video of a paralyzed person hooking up and and using the myocycle?

                          http://myolyn.com/index.php
                          We're working on an official video like that. We did just demo at the Center of Recovery and Exercise (CORE) in Orlando, FL, and they posted a video of someone trying it out there. Not quite the same thing but maybe helpful. You can check it out on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/COREFLORIDA...8767589195434/).
                          Co-founder & CTO of MYOLYN - FES Technology for People with Paralysis - Empowering People to Move

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                          • #14
                            Mize, I don't know if you are aware but RT finally implemented my suggestion of a Strava hook up. Once you authorise it in your rtlink and Strava it uploads every session just like RTlink. No option on saving to rtlink then uploading but it does grab all of your ride history so you have annual mileage etc.

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                            • #15
                              We have a Myocycle and love it

                              Hello all. My wife is a T9 incomplete, and is the happy owner of a Myocycle. I thank this forum for putting it on my radar. We've had it for about a month now. It is well made, and works as intended.

                              I was inches away from buying a used RT300 when I learned about their business approach: they require you to hire them to send someone to your home to set it up and get it programmed. The used price I thought I could swallow suddenly got a lot bigger. I called them and was offended by the attitude. ABSOLUTELY no support, no access to parts, no manuals, etc unless you were fully in the fold.

                              I called Myolyn and Matt (on this thread, and co-founder of Myolyn) answered the phone. I liked how he talked & felt very comfortable with what they were doing. Two brainoids doing their PhD on the idea and then building the business - I felt like ordering one was not just a savvy move, but helping them, and the whole less-abled community.

                              The bike stims the glutes, the hams, and the quads only. The manual said not to use it for more then an hour a day but on the phone I was told she could use it more. Some days she does. The bike ties into our WiFi, and at the end of every session, it sends a datapack to Myolyn's server. Every week they email her a report of her use & progress.

                              I continue to feel like we made the right choice. It's a solid unit. Our PT does a lot of work up in the rich people area north of town and said he realized they seem to recover better because they buy the right equipment. We're buying all we can afford (Lynn's injury is only 8 months old) - may be more than we can afford.... but the other side of the equation is that when she recovers, we can sell this and the next owner will have full access to parts, support, and whatever else they need from Myolyn.

                              If I can answer questions I'll be happy to.

                              Cheers-
                              OB

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