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07-22-2002, 10:48 AM
Anyone here ever tried a Varna? I Tried out a Varna Speedbike yesterday and was pretty impressed how fast the bike is, but man, what bad handling, took a hell of spill going into a corner at 20mph, for this reason I kind of like the Freedom Ryder better in that you can really corner fast. I guess the Varna is made in Canada. Real wierd looking bike, on the straights I was even passing most really good Bicycle riders, what a great feeling. If anyone is interested this one is available from Scott at www.bike-on.com (http://www.bike-on.com) (no damage to the bike amazingly enough in the spill) I ended up with just a bruised and scraped up left hip, no biggie.
07-22-2002, 06:42 PM
That's what my new bike is. It is a Varna II. I just got it a couple of weeks ago. I have not tried any other bikes...so I can't compare it to anything. I decided on this bike for a couple of reasons though. First of all, it's built in Canada, and being Canadian, wanted to support Canada. Secondly is the price. It was $1800 US, or converted to Canadian $2400. For us Canadian Folks check out http://www.varnahandcycles.com/
The steering is a little touchy, but for our rough roads, (and a bit of off roading) this seems to be a tough bike. So far I love it, and go about 4 miles a day. I am slowly working up the strength and endurance to go farther with my husband and son. So far, I am doing well on the flats, but I just crawl up the hills.
Question for you Curtis...where do you put a mirror on your bike? Haven't quite figured that one out. Thanks and happy cycling!
07-22-2002, 08:03 PM
Seems like a real built bike and nice and smooth. I guess the reason I crashed is that I am so use to the lean steer at this point.
Best place for the mirror is on the left footrest end, works great there. I am real tempted to buy the varna I rode, but have a couple bikes already.
07-23-2002, 06:25 AM
I'm SO INTERESTED in these handbikes! Do you know if a C4-5 quad with triceps could use one? He doesn't have any grip with his hands. What about steering? Is it done more by leaning (like a regular bike) or by turning the front wheel? I would LOVE to see my friend become more active. How can we try out one of these bikes before deciding to purchase one?
07-23-2002, 03:15 PM
Pixy, where are you located - specifically?
Geographically, if we know where you are perhaps we can give you someone or some place to go and check out the bikes.
With biceps (most important) and triceps a C4-5 quad should be able to ride. Hand attachments (grip)can be modified.
Onward and Upward!
07-23-2002, 08:06 PM
I never thought about the footrest. Will try that.
07-24-2002, 06:58 AM
I'm in the Dallas area.
07-24-2002, 11:52 AM
I would think the best bet for an injury this high would be a Tandom Cycle like the one designed by Charlie Croteau and his friend Bob Hicks (he was my Rehab counciler 21 years ago, he is a c-6 quad and about the most amazing person I have ever met) which consists of a a/b on a bicycle riding behind the Handcycle portion of the bike. I believe my Friend Loren Quinn has a link for this bike on his site at www.quinntecentral.com (http://www.quinntecentral.com)
Just found the Direct link, it is http://www.quinntecentral.com/handcyclebicycle_tandem.html
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[This message was edited by Curtis on Jul 24, 2002 at 03:04 PM.]
07-25-2002, 04:02 PM
i was just looking @ varna's site... they have a tandem similar to the one curtis provided a link for:
http://www.varnahandcycles.com/handcycles/handcycle.htm#Varna Hybrid Tandem Handcycle/Cycle
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