Thursday, May 26, 2022

Biking without hands in the Ukraine

Gretchen Wellman

Hello List,

I have a friend who today brought the following situation to my attention in hope of an answer.

The one bicycle fitter in Ukraine (in Kyiv) has a client who lost his hands while in military service and wants to ride a road bike of some kind. He needs to be able to work bike controls, put a few pounds of force into a brake lever and the stability to hold the rider’s back at a 135 degree angle from the ground. Are there any prosthetic hands capable of doing this? My friend says it would be important not just to help this man ride a bike but also to get him into a visible place in an area where the disabled are not fully respected or supported.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Gretchen Wellman CO
Northern Orthopedics

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