How to Use a Handcycle : What is a Handcycle?

How to Use a Handcycle : What is a Handcycle?


Hi, my name is Mike Schlappi and I’m talking
to you today about hand cycles. A hand cycle is basically just kind of a bike for people
in wheelchairs that instead of pedaling with your feet, you pedal with your hands. You
sit in it, you might strap your legs on, you put your helmet on, whatever. And there’s
different types of hand cycle, but a hand cycle is just like a bike that has three wheels
instead of two wheels and you just cruise around and its just a way for people that
have disabilities to get out and get in shape and cruise the neighborhood and enjoy life,
especially in the summertime. A person operates the bike by spinning the wheel with hand cranks.
And then steering also is in the hands. Hoops hold the person’s legs in position with Velcro
so that they don’t get caught in the gears and the legs actually turn with the bike as
well. So someone who uses this bike will be able to move their knees or allow their knees
to move a little bit. They will not be somebody who is fixed leg. There’s another bike that
is more upright that can more of a sitting position that someone who can’t bend their
knees can use. In the back, the wheels are bent a little bit in for stability and so
when they make the turns they don’t fall over as much. Some of the bikes actually bend from
the center to create turning and this one bends from the hand.