Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

ClappedOut
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Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby ClappedOut » 30 May 2020, 1:36am

A bit embarrassing but here goes
Years ago I became ill and admitted to hospital, flat on my back in a hell of state after leaving a situation to fester and not chasing the GP up, I ended up housebound and a prisoner in my own home for months of specialist hospital visits and a carrier bag of tablets a month on prescription. (Everyone enjoyed fine weather- I lost several years to ill health)

I have a leg and hip issue that my shoes altered by orthotics,( so I have not the most suitable shoes and currently would like to avoid hospital visits)
I have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia among other things and I hate it, I hated it even more when council said years ago I was ineligible for a blue badge Even with a specialist letter-then phoned Recently up and said the criteria had changed and they processed it with information at hand. (I hate being labelled disabled, a bit of assistance occasionally all I need and I try not to use the blue badge unless really really rough as always feel a fraud)

Roll forward and I had a self employed business that my orders evaporated the moment pandemic mentioned as people don’t want you in their homes- we received a small grant from HMRC but it’s a nightmare.

My partner works in child care and GP called and she will not be able to return until her work get a return to work risk assessment ok’d by GP-another nightmare.

So it’s all a bit bleak, however we both find cycling easier than walking long distances.

The situation my partner has a mountain bike and it’s old and ratty but we gave it a going over, she can manage 4-6km slowly and with inhalers, no land speed record but exercise non the less.

I have an audax / club racer type bike on 700 size rims, old as hill but we stripped and serviced it with new tyres and tubes and went over everything.

The problem I have is to be comfortable to ride with seat adjusted correctly, I have mobility issues getting onto bicycle- frustratingly I damaged a new seat with my shoes which I cannot simply go to Asda to get a pair of plimsolls as my shoes altered by hospital.

Over period of time I’m slowly increasing the speed and distance away from home in a circuit locally with my best about 6miles in 30 minutes so I won’t win any prizes for speed.

Apologies for ramble, we cannot afford a bike with a lower crossbar, But a cheap comfortable saddle covered with something more durable than vinyl perhaps a start?

I see that remote adjustment seat posts are available but expensive the ones I have seen.

Sorry a bit long winded and any suggestions welcomed.

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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby Carlton green » 30 May 2020, 12:22pm

H’mm, nothing is ever simple. Let’s focus on the later part of your text, difficulty getting your leg over the saddle and no money to get a different bike.

That simplified problem is not an uncommon one raised here. One answer is to lay the bike on the ground, straddle it and the lift the cross bar up - if you have limited mobility then a piece of cord might help with the lifting.

When you can afford and can spot one near enough to you then a mixte frame is the way to go. Even consider riding a Women’s frame so you can step through - if anyone comments then a response mentioning disability should soon shut them up ...
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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby Cyril Haearn » 30 May 2020, 12:24pm

Use a kerb or a step to mount/dismount
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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby Mike Sales » 30 May 2020, 12:49pm

ClappedOut wrote:(I hate being labelled disabled, a bit of assistance occasionally all I need and I try not to use the blue badge unless really really rough as always feel a fraud)



I am disabled and I think that you ought not to feel ashamed at using whatever help you need and can get.
I know that sometimes because I can ride a bike further than many able-bodied but sedentary people consider possible, I raise eyebrows when using crutches to walk further than a few metres.
Do whatever you need to function best, and if anybody takes exception, then soddem. You are not a fraud.
There is nothing wrong with being disabled and making your life as easy as you can in spite of it.

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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby foxyrider » 30 May 2020, 6:52pm

As Carlton says, one easy way is to lay the bike down, step over and pull bike up. Mounting from a high kerb may help too.

You mention 'dropper' seat posts, yes they are expensive but there is a cheaper way, a quick release seat post clamp - not ideal but its cheap, you don't need anything other than the clamp to do it and it allows you to either quickly remove/fit the whole saddle seat post or drop it lower in the frame for mounting.

Over the years i've had several health issues that have affected my ability to ride / mount / even walk, its a bugger when you can't support your own weight to swing your good leg over the saddle and my antics to mount have been comical at times - for others to watch. Once i'm on the bike and riding most people wouldn't guess that i have these sporadic issues, i can relate to your 'feeling like a fraud' comment, i can't be disabled, afterall i ride hundreds of miles and walk a fair few which is all others see.

Good luck with your exercising, its not how far or fast you ride, its the fact that you are making some effort thats important.
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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby Carlton green » 30 May 2020, 7:29pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Do whatever you need to function best, and if anybody takes exception, then soddem. You are not a fraud.
There is nothing wrong with being disabled and making your life as easy as you can in spite of it.


He’s right you know, and If there was an applaud button then I would be pressing it.

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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby ClappedOut » 31 May 2020, 2:31am

The frame ideas I guess my pride and ego I didn’t want a ladies bike, but your right a ladies or unisex bike would solve some issues.

I have tried the tilt the bike over and it does look Quite bizarre, but holding brake and righting it and mounting seem a lot easier.
Once on the bicycle it’s 14 speed and I can get into all but top gear on flat, and getting faster and further every day.

Thank you for the warm welcome and I was a little apprehensive trying to explain the situation and a 700 x32 road bike, which I find not too heavy and once on it I feel a little more agile.

I watched

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdb7KEc7xJI And the main conclusion was the modern super bike was a superbly crafted machine in right hands, wasted in mine if I could get on it.
However the braking distance surprised me and I haveImage
So a brake upgrade may be in order if people have any budget advice please

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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby Carlton green » 1 Jun 2020, 7:59am

ClappedOut wrote:The frame ideas I guess my pride and ego I didn’t want a ladies bike, but your right a ladies or unisex bike would solve some issues.

I have tried the tilt the bike over and it does look Quite bizarre, but holding brake and righting it and mounting seem a lot easier.
Once on the bicycle it’s 14 speed and I can get into all but top gear on flat, and getting faster and further every day.

Thank you for the warm welcome and I was a little apprehensive trying to explain the situation and a 700 x32 road bike, which I find not too heavy and once on it I feel a little more agile.

I watched

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdb7KEc7xJI And the main conclusion was the modern super bike was a superbly crafted machine in right hands, wasted in mine if I could get on it.
However the braking distance surprised me and I have .....
So a brake upgrade may be in order if people have any budget advice please


I’ve been thinking about your comments above.

Pride, as they say, comes before a fall so I suggest that you sink your pride and ride what works for you. Deal with the flack (if you actually get any) and get the exercise in. It is a difficult mental adjustment and you might need to be a bit thick skinned but the rewards of exercise and liberty are there waiting for you to enjoy. Whilst thinking of open frames the likes of the Raleigh 20 are cheap, easy to straddle and genderless; their performance is limited but they’re a darn sight better than walking.

I watched about half of the video including the brake test. To be honest the cheaper bike was more than adequate in all respects and performed better than bikes I’ve ridden all over on. If you’re a racing cyclist and have loads of money to spend on your hobby then the carbon framed bike is just what you’re looking for, if you’re a bit more skint and can be satisfied with slightly less performance then pay a tenth of the price and still have loads of fun.

I doubt that there’s much if anything wrong with them but if you’re concerned about your type of brakes and their performance then look at their set up. My brake performance has improved with set-up, maintenance and block selection; moderating your speed and thinking ahead makes you less dependent on high performance brakes too.

Good luck, enjoy and deal with ‘social’ issues if and as they arise.

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Re: Riding with health issues-(hospital confirmed)

Postby nigelnightmare » 25 Jun 2020, 7:47pm

I know you have said that money is tight, but have you considered a recumbent trike?
I ride an ICE TRICE Qnt after I broke my neck and have nerve damage that effects my balance.