Biking with multiple sclerosis

Discussion in 'Women's Cycling' started by guitarmom1279, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. guitarmom1279

    guitarmom1279 New Member

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    I am wanting to get into cycling but I am very worried about how it would effect me due to having MS. I do have problems with my legs so I don't want anything that may cause me to over do it with my legs. I would also like to know if any of you have MS what bikes you may use. I hope to begin cycling by summer if I get some kind of idea on what to get.
     
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    Corzhens Well-Known Member

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    Biking is not for the weak of heart but definitely it can be for the weak. As long as you have the passion, you can perhaps do it. I know of a biker who was hit by a stroke. With half of his body paralyzed, biking was part of his therapy. Understandably he couldn't ride by himself but he started with the downhill. Surprisingly, after some months of riding, he is now able to ride by himself with the pedal.
     
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    I know a group that has a 94-year old riding with them. He rides a trike, but he has been limited to only 25 miles each time he goes out. One time, he went out alone and got a flat so he dialed 911 and got the cops out to take him home. Then one time, he got lost and called the cops again. They took him home. The bike club got a little worried about him so they escort him out every time he does 25 miles. More power to him. I knew him when he was in his 60's and still racing.
     
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    Gee, that's quite a feat, biking at that age. It reminds me of my husband's grandfather who is turning 103 this June. But that's a different story. That 94-year old biker can serve as an icon to inspire people on how to spend their energy in a beneficial way. Besides, biking is now being advocated as a substitute for transportation so I guess that would lead to something. If his rides would be covered by media, he will become popular and the advocacy will see light.
     
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    Hi! Here's a few bikes that you might want to consider:
    • Recumbent Bikes. This type of bike is very comfortable and easy to ride. People with and without health problems opt for this bike just because it's easier to control. The handlebars are easily grasped and the seat is quite comfortable and huge.
    • Electronic Bikes. The great thing about this bike is that it has a motor so you can take a break in between pedals. This way, you won't be as stressed and tired when biking.
    Another thing, you can opt for added modifications to your bike to make your ride more comfortable. There are leg and shoulder harnesses, hip pads and even foot rests that can be added into your bike so you can ride it more effectively even if you have MS.

    I hope this helps, good luck!
     
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