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testing bicycle riding as stroke rehabilitation


dreinke

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When I came back from Winnipeg I stopped at a friends cabin. There was a bicycle leaning against a car in the paved parking lot. I stared at it and decided it was time to see if I could still ride. I pried my left hand onto the handlebar. I tried about 6 times standing on my left leg to swing my right leg over the seat. Finally just put my right hand against the car. Luckily the left pedal was at the bottom of the arc., so I didn't have to counteract the spasticity to get it situated. I successfully did three loops around the parking lot. So now I have to get my bike out of the basement, pump up the two flat tires, lower the bike seat and add toe clips. Maybe I can finally have a sport that I can have the wind blowing through my sparse hairs again. Don't worry I'll be wearing a helmet.

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HI THATS WONDERFUL TO HERE!!!ABOUT YOUR BIKE NOT YOU HAIR,LOL, THAT IS!I WAS THINKING OF GETTING A 3 WHEELER TO USE. PATTY

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Hah Dean: Good for You! I am so proud of you. Besides the helmet, please be sure you have a small wallet with ID, medical history and emergency phone numbers. I say this not only as an EMT and Nurse, but I went off running one day, fell off a curb, hit my head and had no ID on me and I was 35 years old. Bruce did not know I was even out of the house-lol! Oh and a water bottle. So add that to the list to get the bike in shape-lol.

 

Honey, make this a priority. As a person who could never ride a bike-equilibrium problems-I do so envy you and am just so happy you even considered it, let alone went through all that to see how it would go. Yahoo! Happy Days ahead. Debbie

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Well done Dean, it is a challenge to get back to riding after a stroke but you were up to the challenge.

 

From time to time we have had posts and blogs about bike riding so if you put that into search you might be surprised at how many people have found it a beneficial therapy and an enjoyable past-time.

 

Sue.

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Ah Debbie, but that would make my wildness boring. I don't think I could get up enough speed to duplicate my one accident where I went straight over the handlebars because my left hand squeezed the front tire brakes much harder than the rear wheel, anyway the left hand can't even open up enough to attempt to squeeze the brakes. I believe in the William Nealy motto, as he is crashing again he's telling himself, 'I can make a cartoon out of this'. I'll be as careful as I can be.

Dean

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Well done Dean, it is a challenge to get back to riding after a stroke but you were up to the challenge.

 

From time to time we have had posts and blogs about bike riding so if you put that into search you might be surprised at how many people have found it a beneficial therapy and an enjoyable past-time.

 

Sue.

CONGRATS DEAN ON YOUR ATTEMPTS AT BIKE RIDING, I HAVEN'T RIDDEN IN SO LONG, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME. I DO HAVE SEVERE BALANCE ISSUES AND A FEAR O FALLING, BUT I NEVER GIVE UP; SO ONE DAY I MAY BE THE ONE WRITING IN MY BLOG THAT I TOO CAN RIDE A BIKE. KEEP ON BIKING!

-Will

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