How to Use a Handcycle : Handcycling & Conventional Cycling

How to Use a Handcycle : Handcycling & Conventional Cycling


Hi, my name’s Mike Schlappi and I’m talking
to you today about handcycles. Handcycling is very much like riding a bike, you’re out
on the roads, or you might be on the sidewalk, you got to be very aware of what’s around,
you can be going twenty, thirty, forty miles an hour. Every handcycle’s a little bit different.
This particular one’s a very basic model, it has seven gears, so if I were to put it
in the first gear where it spins easier I could probably climb a pretty good hill, kind
of like somebody on a ten-speed or on a bicycle would have many gears. But it’s fun to be
out, you got to be careful, you got to be aware of where you’re at. But a handcycle
like a bicycle is just a way to get out and be around the neighborhood. Some people might
use it to go out and get in shape, that’s their goal. They’re training for a marathon
or a triathlon. Me, I just use this to cruise around, get out, be in shape a little bit,
keep my shoulders going, and so depending on your goal or what you’re trying to do,
but I would compare handcycling very similar to bicycling. You can go out with friends,
they could be on their bicycle, you could be in your handcycle. I really don’t see a
difference other than you have three wheels and you’re peddling with your hand. They have
two wheels and they’re peddling with their feet. Occasionally you might get on a dirt
trail or something that this type of a handcycle wouldn’t work as well, so there’s all kinds
of different pieces of equipment that you just have to learn about.

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