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    prosthetic leg

    Anyone know of any riders riding with a prosthetic leg? Suggestions for getting back on the bike???

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    No-one I know, but I did see a guy with a prosthetic leg riding a Ballarat MTB club state round a while a go. I don't know any more than that sorry.
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    Michael Milton comes to mind although he doesn't ride with a prosthetic leg, one of the Aussie Mags had an article on him a while ago (1-2 yrs)

    I'm not sure he competes in MTB (he may have done a couple of marathons in NSW) but rides Track and is current Aust Champ in his class for the Kilo and past 3000m pursuit Champ

    Also past & I think present (although now retired) fastest Aussie speed skier at 213+ kph !!
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    there's a guy from torquay that rides and races mtb with a prosthetic leg. his name is shane, if you're ever down that way he owns soulfuel cafe, on the right just after the big surf shops. if you use farkin you can contact him through here.

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    Sweet...thanks for the posts!!!

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    Hi,

    I was riding home in Canberra one night about 12-14 years ago on a few dark night in June and thought I saw a guy riding with a ladder on his back about a km in front of me. It was a fairly twisty, badly lit, tar bike path with lots of tree roots and potholes and I couldn't keep up with him on the flats/small hills but finally caught him on a longer hill. I noticed it was not a ladder but a set of crutches strapped to his back pack. He asked me which was the best way to somewhere as he was getting his car fixed there and I said I would ride with him and show him. I mentioned the crutches and he said he only had one leg, it was so dark I hadn't noticed but he only had the left leg and it was fairly thick and strong. I replied it must be hard riding with one leg and his reply was he lost it when he was 7 and can not remember what riding with two legs was like. He said he took up riding after clipless pedals was invented but the hardest part is getting started and getting the crutches tied on ok.

    We rode together for about 10km and we were both going pretty fast averaging about 30kph. Luckily the path only crossed a few roads and we only had to wait for one that had a pole next to it that he held onto and kept his one foot clipped in.

    While riding I said he must ride a lot to keep that fit but he replied he only rides maybe once a week with his girlfriend. She is blind so they ride a tandem together, her on the back pedalling with two legs and him on the front steering and pedalling with one. He said they really go fast with three legs ans have won a lot of disabled events together.

    I never found out his name or how he lost his leg but he was certainly inspirational. I will never forget that ride home that night. I have seen a few one armed riders since and noticed they have the gears and brakes setup on one side but never another one legged rider.

    So no I haven't seen someone riding with a prosthetic leg but have seen someone with only one leg. I guess it really depends on how much of your leg you have left, if you still have your knee maybe you can get something setup to click into your pedal to allow you to push a bit with that leg. If it is above your knee it might be easier to ride one legged like that guy did. I expect it would be much easier to ride on the road seeing you will be sitting down the whole time rather than getting out of the seat but I think any riding would be better than no riding.

    If you don't mind me asking how much of your leg did you lose and how?

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    I ride with a guy with 1 arm. All night rides, in the bush. He has his shifters/brakes on one side. He can ride a wheely better than I can.

    My grandfathers brother had 1 leg, he would stand at the side of our pool, throw his crutches and dive in.

    A guy I went to school with had a head on collision with a bus (he was in a old VW van) and he lost his leg. When you see him walk now you cant tell unless he's wearing shorts. He now drives interstate trucks.

    Even if you cant find someone who rides bike with 1 leg dont let it stop you. Get out there and have a go!
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    I saw a girl once who was missing a hand. Her prosthesis had a cleat on it that clipped onto the handlebar using part of an SPD pedal.

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    Wow, that is incredible and inspirational! I really, really needed to hear that. It has been a struggle. Last year I fell off a ladder and broke my leg. After several xrays etc the Doctor discovered I have a rare degenerative bone disease and have a below the knee amputation. I have been very athletic all my life (running/kayaking/biking) and this just blew me away! I thank you for your wonderful response!

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    I expect you were pretty upset and I am sorry for you. But don't feel sorry for yourself - let other people do that.

    Just concentrate on what you can do and the more things you find you can do the more things you will probably find you can do.

    Years ago I taught a kid the guitar who lived up the street. He was born with spinabifida and a few other problems, had one leg facing sideways and one facing backwards. He was in a wheel chair and didn't have enough strength in his arms to push it so was effectively house bound. He was rather smart but very small and weak. He wanted to learn guitar but the specialists said he didn't have the strength to learn anything. I bumped into him and his parents one day and they comment on how much they liked my guitar playing at the local school concert and I suggested anyone can learn and offered to teach him. His parents would bring him down in the wheelchair and I would push him back up after and hour or two.

    It was a struggle as he couldn't hold the guitar but I found some easy music and held the guitar for him while he learnt it. With his parents we invented ways to velcro the guitar to him and he did rather well. 6 months later he took his guitar into the the specialist who was surpised at the improvement in his hand strength and control. He agreed to try teach him how to use walking sticks and control an electric wheel chair.

    He did a degree in journalism and now writes for a magazine and I sometimes see him getting around on his sticks and coping well. I have talked to him a few times and he says he doesn't really touch the guitar anymore as he is so busy with other things but thinks if he never learnt the guitar he might still be sitting in a wheelchair too heavy for him to move.

    Basically for 15 years this boy was told you can not do anything but he and his parents were so happy whern I said I could teach him guitar - all I did was find really simple music he could do that sounded nice and just kept find other things he could do. You just need to do the same - concentrate on what you can do and just keep adding harder things until you can do everything you used to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I saw a girl once who was missing a hand. Her prosthesis had a cleat on it that clipped onto the handlebar using part of an SPD pedal.
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    3 Cleats Kirsty.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I saw a girl once who was missing a hand. Her prosthesis had a cleat on it that clipped onto the handlebar using part of an SPD pedal.
    She is Kirsty and very good friend who I ride and race with. And this chick can ride.......
    And you should see her paddle.......

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    Good job! Thanks!!!

    Thank you for all of your great responses. It makes me feel ready to get back out and kick some major butt!!! I am struggling with some balance issues at the moment, but I'm sure I'll be back on the bike soon. I think riding with help with my overall balance.

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    Nickname needed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Big T42
    She is Kirsty and very good friend who I ride and race with. And this chick can ride.......
    And you should see her paddle.......
    That's great!! I'm jealous now...I need some great new nickname.

    Any suggestions from the crowd?

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    Try balancing on a swissball on your knees. I can do it ok for maybe 10 minutes and I try do it in front of TV so I get distracted from watching the clock. It certainly takes a bit of concentration.

    One you can balance on your knees with your body up as straight as possible get a small weight to hold in one arm and move it from your side to infront of you nd then swap it to the other hand..

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    For a bit more motivation.....

    http://forums.mtbr.com/member.php?u=233972


    I have sent him a PM, hopefully he can add some thoughts to this thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big T42
    She is Kirsty and very good friend who I ride and race with. And this chick can ride.......
    And you should see her paddle.......
    Have had a chat to Kirsty and forwarded her this link skylark76......

    As some one once said to me after a very nasty crash / injury.....

    "Focus on what you can do, not what you can't"....

    Wishing you a speedie recovery and back on the MTB....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big T42
    Have had a chat to Kirsty and forwarded her this link skylark76......

    As some one once said to me after a very nasty crash / injury.....

    "Focus on what you can do, not what you can't"....

    Wishing you a speedie recovery and back on the MTB....
    Hey there Skylark

    It is so exciting to hear you talking about getting back on the bike great work!!!!!

    I ride with one hand but have been with a few one leg amputees who are back to riding and have all sorts of cool set up options check out www.mtb-amputee.com for some ideas or send me an email and we can chat more about specific prosthetists and suppliers etc that might be able to help.

    Best idea is to find a good bike mechanic who is will to think outside the square. Al from Endeavour cycles in Gymea has helped me set up MTB and roadie and he's done an amazing job.... I ride way more cool stuff now than i ever used to with 2 hands :-) everyone should ride this way :-)

    Good luck with it all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cleats
    Hey there Skylark

    It is so exciting to hear you talking about getting back on the bike great work!!!!!

    I ride with one hand but have been with a few one leg amputees who are back to riding and have all sorts of cool set up options check out www.mtb-amputee.com for some ideas or send me an email and we can chat more about specific prosthetists and suppliers etc that might be able to help.

    Best idea is to find a good bike mechanic who is will to think outside the square. Al from Endeavour cycles in Gymea has helped me set up MTB and roadie and he's done an amazing job.... I ride way more cool stuff now than i ever used to with 2 hands :-) everyone should ride this way :-)

    Good luck with it all!
    Welcome to the forum 3cleats

    I saw 3cleats riding out Nasho a couple of years ago.She had just come off the bike going off the log jump which has now been replaced by fire track.She picked herself up and continued riding on hard.I see there is a one armed moto-x rider in the states that kicks alot of able body butts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cleats
    Hey there Skylark

    It is so exciting to hear you talking about getting back on the bike great work!!!!!

    I ride with one hand but have been with a few one leg amputees who are back to riding and have all sorts of cool set up options check out www.mtb-amputee.com for some ideas or send me an email and we can chat more about specific prosthetists and suppliers etc that might be able to help.

    Best idea is to find a good bike mechanic who is will to think outside the square. Al from Endeavour cycles in Gymea has helped me set up MTB and roadie and he's done an amazing job.... I ride way more cool stuff now than i ever used to with 2 hands :-) everyone should ride this way :-)

    Good luck with it all!
    That would be great!!!

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    HI Skylark

    It is just awesome to hear that you are so keen to get back out riding and living life how you want, and not be restricted by this setback. I am sure there are plenty of folk that would not be so positive.

    I don't know exactly where in Aus you live, but if you are in perth / WA, then I know a super keen mtb-er who makes prosthetic limbs for a living (he does have all his own limbs though). I am positive that he would relish the challenge of helping to get a fellow rider back on his bike. If you want to find him then you could post a query for "fastfreddie" at perthmtb

    I don't know any riding amputees but have a family friend who lost an entire leg to cancer. She has a prosthetic leg and she is a keen wave skier, she just leaves her leg on the beach and off she paddles. I also have another friend who has a prosthetic leg and she is an olympic level wheelchair basketball player. Both truly inspirational ladies.

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    Just saw this, thought I'd add a bit. There is a guy who rides road here with 2 prosthesis (although I haven't seen him on the road in ages) and he also teaches spin and is sposed to be one hell of an instructor. Not sure how/what would compare using prosthesis on road compared to off road, but this guy could really hammer. I'd say riding with one hand would be harder than with 1 leg myself since I've tried both and could manage with 1 leg, but no way could ride off road with 1 hand - nothing real tech at least, lifting the wheel, jumps etc.

    Good luck on your road back to riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris-crisis
    Try balancing on a swissball on your knees. I can do it ok for maybe 10 minutes and I try do it in front of TV so I get distracted from watching the clock. It certainly takes a bit of concentration.

    One you can balance on your knees with your body up as straight as possible get a small weight to hold in one arm and move it from your side to infront of you nd then swap it to the other hand..
    This was a great idea!!! I tried it out today and I can already tell a difference, though I did get some strange looks from the boyfriend and some even stranger looks from his sidekick...the dog. However, I personally think the dog's goal in life is to take me out as he has knocked me over about 20 times! My balance is definitely feeling better though, so the dog better watch out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylark76
    This was a great idea!!! I tried it out today and I can already tell a difference, though I did get some strange looks from the boyfriend and some even stranger looks from his sidekick...the dog. However, I personally think the dog's goal in life is to take me out as he has knocked me over about 20 times! My balance is definitely feeling better though, so the dog better watch out.
    Glad you like it. Swiss balls are fantastic. I also use it for pushups, I have my hands on the ground and one foot on the ball and every ten pushups swap feet, that also helps your core muscles. You might have to vary it.

    Another exercise a mate showed me that he thinks is the best exercise for all cyclists is to have your shoulders on the ground and one foot on the ball. Straighten you back so your whole body is straight, then without bending at the hips tighten your glutes and pull your feet towards you while concentrating on pushing your body up in the air. I do maybe 5 to 6 reps on each leg and then both together. It is very hard on one leg but should increase your strength and balance as well.

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    check this out - this guy rocks: and so do you

    http://www.pinkbike.com/video/17804/
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