Cycling – About cycling with prosthetics
Although it is possible to cycle on standard prostheses, whether it is road, mountain or static cycling, some users require a more specialised prosthesis. This is especially true for mountain biking as they require more advanced componentry. For the day to day user a secondary specialist prosthesis would not be required unless they are looking at competing at a higher level.
Cycling is possible for amputees with Below knee amputations, Through knee amputations and Above knee amputations. Through and Above knee amputees require some initially training but most below knee amputees would not require any training but might require the prosthetic socket to be adjusted to allow the knee to flex further .
A cycling prosthesis can be either suspended by suction with a silicone liner or with pin lock and a silicone liner depending on the level of amputation.
A cycling prosthesis for above knee amputees as well as through knee amputees would require a prosthetic knee joint that has a cycling mode to allow for cycling. There are many knees on the market that offer a cycling mode also called free mode for day to day cycling. These prosthetic knees however do not allow you to cycle uphill standing up.
For amputees that would like to do mountain biking or compete professionally in cycling we as a company offer varies options. Most serious mountain bikers opt for the Bartlet Tendon Knee joint, which has a unit for shock absorption similar to what you would get on a mountain bike. It also has tendons that allow you to cycle uphill standing up. For serious road cyclists, weight is always an issue and thus we make every effort to ensuring that your prosthesis is as light as possible by only using Carbon fiber in the design and manufacture of the prosthesis.