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Old 05-24-2016, 09:28 AM
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Hello All,

I am looking for some assistance.

I am wondering if someone can provide me with some advice? I have ridden a road bike for the last number of years. (former runner but changed due to my MS). I was starting to have some difficulty with my road bike and someone suggested a trike.

I picked up a used Terra Trike and it is very cool but I find the I have difficulty with getting my left leg fully around the "crank" after I have been out for a while.

I have a short boom and my seat is all the way forward. Does anyone have any other suggestions for a complete NewBee? Any assistance would be appreciated
Hi jjmagpin.... I know this issue well... "walking out" of the trike is at minimum a very awkward event for me... I end up just waddling out, with the boom between my knees until I clear it. I am able to carry my collapsible cane on the trike, so when I am alone, I use it to steady myself for this. When with friends, I sometimes get someone to give me a steady hand, but I cannot raise one leg up and over the crank to be able to walk away from the trike in a more graceful manner. Don't know if someone else here riding a trike has a better way....If so, I'd love to hear it too!

And I welcome you to the land of triking!!!
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:06 PM
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Veronica,

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it.
Quick question...I find that my left leg gets weak while I am ridding. When it does I have a tough time doing a full revolution. Any suggestions? I am looking at positioning of the seat to see if moving it would make a difference
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:13 PM
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After I posted the above, I wondered if I was understanding your dilemma....so now I see I did not! But I understand it now....I really am not very knowledgable about this, but you should try what you are thinking...adjusting the seat... to see if it may help. Also I would suggest finding some exercises to isolate the weaker leg as it seems to be that you need to work on building some strength and endurance. I have found that I can improve strength on my weak leg only when I am not doing bi-lateral movements, (where my strong leg tends to take over...) Hope this helps!
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:42 AM
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Hi jjmagpin and welcome, glad you're here

I was wondering if you were using any kind of clip in shoe? That seems to drag whatever is not feeling like contributing into a full revolution.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:50 AM
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jjmagpin, my right leg was doing the same stubborn thing. When it got tired, I would push it down and pull it up with my right arm--not terribly efficient. Eventually I switched to a hand cycle (Craigslist), which has made all the difference in the world. I can fly again, and go on long multi-hour rides. I exercise my legs in other ways. Frustrating, but adapting is key with this darn disease.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:15 PM
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Thanks Veronica.

I appreciate it
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:20 PM
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Dave,

Thanks for the info. You are not going to believe this but I have done the exact same thing!

Thanks for the tip on the hand cycle. I might have to check that out.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:50 PM
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Marinadca,

Thanks for the post.

I use the "clipless" pedals and shoes that I use to have on my road bike. I thought that they would work the best. I am wondering if it takes some time to adjust to the trike.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:39 PM
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jjmagpin, welcome to "Trike Central", no doubt this is the place to seek trike insight for msers. Giving yourself some time to adjust to the trike sounds like a really good place to start.

Although I'm not a trikester yet, I can think of a couple of other things you might just sort of keep in mind. One is orthotics. If you happen to run across a physical therapist or a kinesiologist you might just bounce your problem off of them. If it's the all too familiar ms related knee lifting problem, I wonder if something similar to the spring pole device skiers use could be adapted to a trike? Veronica might know more about what I'm trying to describe here.

The other thing is electrolytes. I also experience a weakening leg problem on longer more arduous rides but I've discovered that the combination of steady, relatively heavy dosing of electrolytes and easing up (actively resting) the weak leg for a few minutes, frequently does a pretty good job of restoring it. I've become somewhat of an electrolyte fanatic lately but it is a cheap easy thing to try and there might even be some basis for people with ms leaking electrolytes at a higher than normal rate. (Ps: if it works for you, don't tell big pharma or we may soon find ourselves paying $100k/yr for electrolytes.)

Veronica, congrats on getting out on your trike! Hope you're able to do it often while you're strengthening, what is bound to be, one of the strongest, best working female shoulders in history.

All is well here. I've been getting out 4 to 5 times a week this month, climbing a mile or more almost every week. I've graduated to a slightly steeper hill. It's 2 miles long, almost 700 ft. of ascent and takes me a little over 20 minutes. I'm working up to 3 ascents, plus the longer but shallower climb to get to it. Training is still going well.

Take care all,
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:37 AM
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AMF VENTURES. ....thanks for the information. I really appreciate it....stupid question....what r u doing for your electrolytes? As a former runner and marathoner...you think I would know this but that is something that I have never thought about
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