Bike tours should still be done with a bit of speed

@Michael Basham - Cyclist on the bike paths in Ontario

@Michael Basham- Great roads, great sun…

“This is my daily bike, slightly adjusted for touring. The slow stuff. The tires are super-endurance versions that do me well, but makes the bike a bit slower. But I love the high seat and low handlebars. I brought this set up design over from the road bikes so I would have a faster, more competitive ride, even when touring. In my mind, I might be setting the bike up for a tour, but it can be a fast tour. I suppose it is the speed mindset instilled from bygone racing days.” Continue reading

And so what if you are injured?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Steady miles, leaving time for recovery

“I just did a 75 kilometer ride in Montreal and seven times people said to me, ‘That is impressive. That is incredible that you hurt yourself and are in this ride’. But just because you hurt yourself, it should not prevent you from doing things you like.” Continue reading

Making a disability a little safer, maybe a little faster

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bike trails with the chance for distance and speed

“When I first got the bike, I reached over to change the gears and I was alongside the curb and I fell and I thought I would never let that happen again. When I fell, my knee fell on my arm and bruised it so badly I had to go to hospital. So my girlfriend, who is really into cycling, said, ‘When we go riding, I got you this. Please put it on’. And so I wear a sling. So doing the ride, people notice the guy is hurt.” Continue reading

What might be less than obvious with a disabled cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Disabilities in riders are not always easy to see.

“My arm is paralysed. A permanent thing and I have learned to live with it. When I don’t have my sling on, I have no flags, nobody notices. It wasn’t hard to move to a bicycle. I was paralyzed on a motorbike and getting on a bicycle was kind of therapy. With just one arm, I have to be more cautious, but I’m going to get another bike because I know I’m enjoying this.”
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Military service that ends with a recumbent

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman with her service dog on HP-Velotechnik

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – With service dog in tow, a trike-bike navigate the bicycle path

“I hurt my neck on military training. I was carrying a big rucksack that was too big for me and it put my helmet down onto my chest and I was jogging for two  hours with my chin on my chest, fully loaded. Not too much fun. My muscle wall seized. That was three years ago. I can walk but not for more than 15 to 20 minutes. My shoulders start to hurt. I cannot run. Cannot drive. I am getting released from the military because of it.”

New muscles, new targets for para-cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hand-powered bike for para-cyclist

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Moving to a new power system is a long slow process

“The whole upper body is so much stronger now. I have a motor-assist now because, that little hill I just came up, I would have had to gear way down. The problem is the brakes and gears are down here so when you are  changing gears, you cannot pedal. Kind of a screwed up system. So I drop a couple of gears before I even get there. I am doing 20-25 kilometres every time I go out. I get home thinking, ‘That was a nice ride’. The muscle development is more like toning. But I have far more than I used to have. I can walk on my arms – almost.” Continue reading

The double whammy of recovering from a life changing accident

€Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hand powered bicycle in bicycle path

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Hand-powered bicycles have brought even more disabled cyclists back to the roads

“Lost my leg four years ago on a motorbike. I used to bike a lot, and I skied. I did all that shit, so I had to do something. When in hospital, I was comatose most of the time, for about two months, and I lost about 40 to 50 pounds – all muscle, all gone. I got out of hospital with no muscle and then I gained  weight and it was a double whammy. I got into this sucker and I have 4,300 kilometres on it now in three years.” Continue reading

Go like the clappers with your recumbent

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - BArebones HP Velotechnik tricycle

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Barebones and fast,a recumbent with style.

“Bikes, particular high speed ones with narrow tires, when they hit some rough road, they have to be very careful. This one, I can put one wheel on the gravel and it still goes along in more or less a straight line. It is very responsive. I just got this one. It is almost its second run out. Still taking the first rubber off the tire. I have ridden other recumbents. I have a couple others. But this feels like a go-cart. That is why it is difficult for me to judge the speed. You are so low down, you think you are going like the clappers.” Continue reading

When personal evolution brings us back to the trike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Three wheeled recumbent

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A three-wheeled recumbent built for speed

“I am getting old, so I thought a tricycle might be good to try out. Reverting back to childhood. They are a very efficient machine. Superb. One great advantage is, you don’t put any load on your wrists at all. You can pull, if you want, but it doesn’t help you very much. It is partly because I am getting old, partly because I think a tricycle is a good away to go anyway. It gives you a bit more around you. It is the obvious way to get around, but for six months a year, here, the weather is again you. Still, if I hit a patch of ice, at least I have a chance of surviving.” Continue reading