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    OK, so my interest has been piqued by earlier posts about hand cycles. I have only ever seen pictures of them...never heard from someone who had used one before. Sounds like a blast!! Question for those that have one...How hard is it to get into one, especially if the seat leans (Freedom Ryder design)?

    #2
    Here is where I got my bike it is an action. I never had one before either and tthe guy who owns Bike-On.com was very helpful and friendly. Send him an email aand I'm sure he will call you and ask you some question to point you in the right direction.

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      #3
      handcycles

      Hi, if you like, email me at d.mcv@verizon.net with some questions you may have and I mighjt be able to help you. Donald
      Originally posted by ptamom:

      OK, so my interest has been piqued by earlier posts about hand cycles. I have only ever seen pictures of them...never heard from someone who had used one before. Sounds like a blast!! Question for those that have one...How hard is it to get into one, especially if the seat leans (Freedom Ryder design)?

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        #4
        I use the Quickie Shadow Mach III

        and it is very easy to handle, transfers included. I routinely "eat out" by traveling to nearby restaurants for breakfast or lunch. For what it is worth, the design and seating position is not "for racing" like several other bikes are set up. Hope this helps

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          #5
          There are many different kinds of handcycles, each adapted to different levels of ability and need. I have an XLT 2000, which I also got from bike-on.com (Scott is a wealth of information and extremely friendly), which requires quite a manuever from my chair to the bike. The problem is it doesn't have a handbrake, which means I have to hold onto my chair and the bike and hope that one doesn't move while I am transferring. My bike is low to the ground, so getting out can be tough until you practice a lot (I have a fully fused spine so I have no flexibility in my back). None of these are big problems, though, and the freedom and exercise of biking more than makes up for any the inconvenience.

          Now all I have to figure out how in the world I am going to get on and off my bike now that I am pregnant! Any ideas?

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            #6
            Thanks a bunch everyone. I will e-mail Scott and see what he has to say.
            I think that this may be a new sport for me. Wow.

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              #7
              ptamom

              The Shopping Channel has a hand cycle called the Oxycycle item # 277-930. It sells for $126.96 cdn. You can have this mounted on a table and just wheel up to it. You can order it online. www.tsc.ca

              Sorry, after re-reading your post, I don't think this is what you are looking for. This is a stationary hand cycle.

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                #8
                Hand Cycle

                I got in a accident with my hand cycle on June 4th, and I havent used it since because I'm affraid that I will chash it again, it crashed because the breaks were not working and and I blackedout right before I hit the poll. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img] hpblair@hotmail.com

                Kathryn N. Blair

                [This message was edited by Kathryn on Jun 21, 2002 at 02:43 PM.]
                Kathryn N. Blair

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                  #9
                  Kathryn, I posted your picture on the member's page and, just in case the procedure was not clear, I created an avatar from your picture and put it into your profile so that the picture would appear next to your postings. If you don't want it to show, you can easily remove it from your profile. Wise.

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                    #10
                    My pic

                    Thank you! [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

                    Kathryn N. Blair
                    Kathryn N. Blair

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                      #11
                      I ride a Freedom Ryder

                      I use to ride a Top end since 1997, but started riding the Freedom Ryder this past Spring and like the Handcycle much better. I try to ride 30 miles a day. It gives you the sensation of Skiing or riding a regular Bicycle as you control turning the bike by leaning you're body weight. I like the bike so much, I have become a Sales rep for the company. Any Questions, feel free to e mail me at handcyclist454@aol Curtis

                      "Life is about how you
                      respond to not only the
                      challenges you're dealt but
                      the challenges you seek...If
                      you have no goals, no
                      mountains to climb, your
                      soul dies".~Liz Fordred
                      "Life is about how you
                      respond to not only the
                      challenges you're dealt but
                      the challenges you seek...If
                      you have no goals, no
                      mountains to climb, your
                      soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                        #12
                        got my handcycle

                        Hey all! Have been away for a while on holidays...so I didn't read any posts until recently. Hard to catch up on everything. I decided to get the Varna II handcycle because it is made here in Canada and seemed to be a good bike. Website is http://www.varnahandcycles.com Now keep in mind that I know nothing about about handcycles. I've only had it for about a week and have used it a few times and I love it. It is not like anything I have done before. I haven't ridden a regular bike since I was 18 and I don't remember riding being like this. It is a lot of fun, and I appreciate being able to go different places and see different things. I can now go for a ride with my husband and son...when they will let me have a turn on MY bike.
                        Curtis, I considered the Freedom Ryder, but wanted to do a bit of off roading, and thought that this bike might be best for that. It was the idea of what the Freedom Ryder can do that piqued my interest though. Maybe when I get more experience in cycling it will be the ultimate bike.
                        Kathryn, sorry to hear about your crash. Were you badly injured after your crash? What kind of bike do you have? Glad to see a fellow Ontarian here. Welcome to the board!

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                          #13
                          looks like someone raided a wheelchair salvage yard and welded some crap together. BTW, it's spelled MUSCLES

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