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Old 11-28-19, 09:34 AM
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Hello from Germany - I donīt have arms but still ride my bike.

I am a 36 years old woman who lives in Germany.
1,5 years ago I divorced my husband and now I am single.
I have a great job and live alone in a wonderful house in the woods near the sea.

Like my username and the headline to this thread says, I donīt have arms
I was born without them so I have been armless all my life.
When I was very young (1-2 years old) I started to use my feet and toes to do everything, so my feet are my hands and my toes are my fingers.
I can do everything with them including cooking, eating, writing, driving, put in and take out my contact lenses, etc, etc, etc

However riding a bike is a little tricky, because I only have two feet. If I were to put my feet on the handlebar I wouldnīt have any feet to pedal me forward - and visa versa
For fun and for very short distances I can ride my bike with one foot one the pedal and one on the handlebar.
But when I need to ride longer distances I put on a special harness on my shoulders. On each shoulder a 2 foot long piece of wire is attached. The wires end with a loop that I put around the handlebar and then I can steer by moving my shoulders back and forth.
My bike has a foot brake and the gear selector is placed on the frame just above the pedals, to make it easy for me to operate with my toes

I joined this forum because I would like to ride more than I do now, and I hope to get tips and tricks to help me do this.

Also I would like to inspire others, by showing that nothing is impossible and where there is a will there is a way (ought to be a big-toe-up emoji )
So donīt be afraid to ask if you are curious or if there is anything you want to know

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Old 11-28-19, 10:28 AM
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Old 11-28-19, 11:20 AM
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Very cool Armlesscyclist! Welcome to bikeforums.
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You're an inspiration! Welcome to the forums.
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Glad to have you join BikeForums. Your explanation of how you steer with your shoulders led me to think of a recumbent with stick steer. Lo and behold, curbtender already posted a picture of that set up. Maybe you could get someone to take some pictures/video, you probably already have, and post them when you get to 10 posts. I know there are many cyclists that would like to see you on a bike.
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Old 11-29-19, 01:53 PM
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Very inspiring post.
and i have a question: do you use clipless pedals to help you pull up on the pedal crank?
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Old 11-29-19, 02:28 PM
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Welcome to the forums, I'm glad you're here, fellow cyclist!
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Old 11-30-19, 04:33 AM
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Hi all.

Thank so much for your sweet comments and greetings

Jessica Coxīs recumbent is very smart. Do you know if it has been modified ?


Originally Posted by gag4o View Post
Very inspiring post.
and i have a question: do you use clipless pedals to help you pull up on the pedal crank?
I use flat pedals because I wear Vibram Fivefingers EL-X (canīt upload picture, but try google it ...) when I ride my bike. These toe shoes are perfect to me, because I can still use my toes when I have to wear shoes. Of course jobs that demands fine motor toe skills canīt be done (it is probably like if you are wearig very thick gloves), but I can easily operate the gear shift and so on

Maybe I will upload some pictures later when I get to ten posts.
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Old 11-30-19, 11:32 AM
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Made by Scarab trikes, which I see is out of business. I would guess it was custom built.
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Old 12-01-19, 05:28 PM
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Awesome to have you join the Bike Forums! Very cool video, too. The BF is a great place for people all over the world to contribute, learn, share stories and advice on where and what to ride. Hope that you enjoy it as much as the rest of us.

Big Toe Up!
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Old 12-01-19, 08:28 PM
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Welcome. Inspiring indeed!
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Old 12-02-19, 03:58 AM
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Big Toe Up![/QUOTE]

Hahaha - you are completely right

I use the 'big toe up' sign very often and it almost always makes people smile when I do it
Very often people get a little uneasy on how to deal with my missing arms, but as soon as I use my feet to do signs like 'big toe up' or I joke about my missing arms, they are much more comfortable about being around me.
Often I also modify words that contains 'arm', 'hand' and 'finger'
Fx in english I would call a 'handle' for 'footle', or I will 'foot' something to another person rather than 'hand' them.
I am sure you english-speaking persons can come up with many more examples, and I would love to know them, so please write

And if someone should know how to get a 'big toe up' emoji, I would be very happy.
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Old 12-02-19, 10:46 AM
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My favorite, "Pull my toe..."
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Old 12-03-19, 08:40 PM
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Welcome. You're an inspiration!
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Old 12-06-19, 07:00 AM
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Welcome! You have an amazing superhero origin story!
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A retro visit to this thread via your recent post "I am armless and hope for tips and tricks"

I am para and I am in awe of your independent spirit and commitment to a full life.
My handcycle is an older Quickie Shadow by Jim Martinson circa 1996.
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Thank you for your sweet comments and Happy New Year
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Originally Posted by slow_runner View Post
A retro visit to this thread via your recent post "I am armless and hope for tips and tricks"

I am para and I am in awe of your independent spirit and commitment to a full life.
My handcycle is an older Quickie Shadow by Jim Martinson circa 1996.
Hallo slow_runner.

Thank you for your kind words.

I would like to write you a Private Message, but it is midnight and I have to go to bed.
I will write you tomorrow - hope it is ok
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No worries at all. The time difference is 12 hours?
I will check in this mid evening

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hey there, I'm from sydney.
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hey there, I'm from sydney.
Hallo JamesReid

We hear a lot about all the bush fires. Hope that you are safe and out of the way.
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Originally Posted by slow_runner View Post
No worries at all. The time difference is 12 hours?
I will check in this mid evening
Thank you.
I will be at work until 5 pm european time, so it will probably be morning by you before I will write you.
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Nice to meet you! Very inspirational and welcome to the forum!

Cheers,
Bill (Boston, MA)
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Originally Posted by Armlesscyclist View Post
Hallo JamesReid

We hear a lot about all the bush fires. Hope that you are safe and out of the way.
Yeah. Thank you so much for asking, bush fires here are horrible I'm a bit far away from the fire. My place is in north of sydney and quite near to the beach maybe that's why its not too hot in here.
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