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    wheelchair bike attachment?

    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.

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    I also saw this old article about it: http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.c...istance-2.aspx
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    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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    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.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse 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!
    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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    I think it was a piss take.

    Quote 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!
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    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    How about a handcycle attachment?
    http://riomobility.com/en/dragonfly/index.htm
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    Quote 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.
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    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.

    Quote 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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