Hand-cycles are used by both disabled
people who by the nature of their disability are unable to use a leg
powered bike and by athletes for cross training.
Some years ago I broke my back in a
parachuting accident. Unable to ride a normal bicycle, I have
invested in a hand-cycle and now enjoy getting out in the fresh air
and exercising with my wife and friends.
The picture below shows one type of
hand cycle. There are loads of different ones available, some like
this, a standalone device, others that are attachments fitted to a
I am based near the Lake District in
England and if you use a hand-cycle and would like to get in touch
for some rides, that would be great. Drop a message into the Contact
I completed the Great North Run
on the 21st September 2003. Below are some pictures of the event and me
crossing the finishing line in 1hr 14min 25 sec. A time that
surprised no one more than me.