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Old 04-29-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Sandie has wanted to get a three-wheeled bicycle for some time now. So I just did a web search and found the Personal Activity Vehicle (PAV) from Worksman Cycles. It can hold up to 550 pounds. They also offer a stretch version for people over six feet tall.

We're definitely thinking of ordering one. Here's the web site with more info on the PAV:

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Old 04-29-2006, 06:00 PM   #2
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I've seen a couple of these tooling around town here, sometimes towing a little trailer, and they look quite efficient. That seat sure looks a lot comfier than a regular one.

When I've tried recombent bicycles (stationary ones) at the gym I've found it made my knees hurt. Maybe it was from having to lift the weight of a heavy thigh with each pedal push? You might want to give one of those a try before ordering to make sure you don't have the same feeling.
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:30 PM   #3
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Here's the one I want. And it's a scooter!
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you can try to limit knee pain by changing the position of the seat. I've noticed that some recumbents don't let me get the proper distance to the pedals but the seats don't give crotch crush like the terrible seats on upright stationary bikes. Also, since recumbents work muscles at a different angle than uprights, try stretching the quads and hamstrings to prevent knee pain, which can be caused by too much tightness in the hamstrings or quads. These suggestions may not help everyone- but some people may find they help so they can ride as exercise or for fun.
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Those look like a lot of fun and a great way to regain mobility!
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Sandie has wanted to get a three-wheeled bicycle for some time now. So I just did a web search and found the Personal Activity Vehicle (PAV) from Worksman Cycles. It can hold up to 550 pounds. They also offer a stretch version for people over six feet tall.
That bike has nice lines, up until the handle bars.. which look like an afterthought. I think it needs some 70s-style chopper handles.
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Thanks for the link, Wayne. We can't afford one right now, but this has been added to my favorites. What a great way to be able to go biking again.
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Question: I have a very large stomach and can't really use the excercise bike in my gym because of it. It makes pedaling that more difficult. Would a recumbant(or the recumbant bicycles the ones where you lean all the way back?) bike like these trikes make cycling easier?
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I had to pass on one that went really cheap on ebay a while back...the shipping would have been more than the cost of the bike/scooter. I was seriously bummed.
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Thanks so much for posting that website! I never would have known about it otherwise. What a great way to get back in shape!! If I ever get my insurance company to buy me a scooter, I'll get one of those.
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Toodles,
The best way to try a recumbent to see if it works for you is to go to a reputable bike shop or fitness supply seller in your area and check a few models out. Different models may give you a different feel depending on the angle of the seat (is it inclined a bit or more straight up?), the distance to the pedals (how adjustable is the distance), the pedal position and the position of the handle bars). Minor changes in any of these can make a huge difference in how the bike feels. Try a few, play with the adjustments and see how you feel. My gut reaction is that a recumbent will be reasonable comfortable for someone with a larger stomach. They certainly were for me. The general position of a recumbent is slightly leaned back with the legs more stretched to the front- so the weight doesn't come down on the legs much. Usually, the seat has decent lower back support, so you should feel fairly comfortable. I've found the seats on recums harder to adjust to the right distance to the pedals for me, but that could just me or the brand that I've used. Most people prefer recumbents to upright bikes.

Another option- and this will only work if you prefer to do indoor riding- is to get pedal-ometer or simulator. These are freestanding pedals on a sturdy base. You use your own chair, put the pedals on the floor in front of you, sit back and pedal. Advantage- since you don't put body weight on them, your weight is not an issue. There are portable. We've done a lot of car trips. Mine fits on the floor of the back seat and I can take it into a hotel room and use the desk chair for a workout. Disadvantage- it can be hard to find the right spot of the pedals. I always have to play around with where I put it and if you get into pedaling, you can push it away fairly easily. I've seen some at Sharper Image, but I highly reccomend the one I have from www.eloton.com. Its very sturdy and came with lots of goodies (though I never use them).

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afor those who are concerned about recumbant bikes, this is from the web site for this bike:

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The best way to try a recumbent to see if it works for you is to go to a reputable bike shop or fitness supply seller in your area and check a few models out. Different models may give you a different feel depending on the angle of the seat (is it inclined a bit or more straight up?), the distance to the pedals (how adjustable is the distance), the pedal position and the position of the handle bars). Minor changes in any of these can make a huge difference in how the bike feels. Try a few, play with the adjustments and see how you feel...
Don't mean to stick my nose in here, but I have the same issues as MissT, so was interested in this post as well. I don't think most bike shops would have bikes with the weight capacity or the seats to accommodate us, not even for testing purposes.

The good news is that it looks like the manufacturer of the PAV is fairly local to MissT and me - in Ozone Park NY - and perhaps they would allow potential customers to test the bikes.
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Re: bikes at the gym. I have a belly, though not a huge one, and I can't use recumbent bikes at the gym (only an upright, and even that I haven't done in forever). The legs hit the belly in that position. FYI.

Now, what *I* want is a big wheel for grown ups! Imagine the fun! I only had a few rolls on them back in the day (borrowed from a boy neighbor), but the wind in your hair, the streamers from the handlebars and that awesome hollow plastic tire sound can't be beat!
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Man, I wanted one of those too. I thought the kids who had them were so lucky.

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Our block had 1 and also someone had a ...GreenMachine. I think the Greenmachine looked cooler, but I didn't have the legspan for it. They were superawesome though.
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Question: I have a very large stomach and can't really use the excercise bike in my gym because of it. It makes pedaling that more difficult. Would a recumbant(or the recumbant bicycles the ones where you lean all the way back?) bike like these trikes make cycling easier?
Yes, it would. I speak from experience...my very first exercise bike was a standard upright, and at the time (305 lbs) my belly REALLY got in the way for me.

I found with the recumbent, I could sit back and it did not get in the way. I've stuck with recumbents even though my belly went way down in size.

BTW that first bike shown (with basket in back and 3 wheels) is one I wanted to get in 2002, after we first moved here. Since I don't drive I figured it would work for me to do light grocery shopping in the burbs. I still really like that bike, they sell it at the local bike shop!
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Where do people store their bikes? I live in a small apartment and could never find a place to stick my bike. I finally gave it to my sister. The recumbent bike looks like a bitch to carry up and down the stairs, or to even chain it up to leave it for a spell. You have to be a homeowner with a big garage to have one of those bikes which is sad. I kinda like it
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Mine are stored in the rec room, near the door going to the outside (I have 3 bikes). In the new hs they will be in the laundry rm, near the exit door. I guess I could store them in the garage but then I'd never be able to access them (current garage door is hard to open.)
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I remember years ago I tried to *force* myself to exercise. I took my bike out in the morning to ride to work. I lived 4 1/2 miles away and the route ran along the Charles river. Me being very hyper and anal retentive about getting to work on time, I knew that if I took the bike to work I would not quit, I would see it to the end.

I don't ever recall my butt being more sore than after riding for 9 miles on that tight narrow little seat. I walked funny for days but after the bike ride I felt soooo good. I can't even describe it. I bought a wider seat and rode my bike into work two times a week. I miss that.

My legs are so out of shape now I don't think I could do anything like that and not wind up sprawled out on the side of the road within just a few feet of my destination with my legs too spasmic to even stand. I fear getting someplace and not being able to get back. It would pay to know someone with a van or a pickup truck who can come and fish me out of the bushes if I call. But I feel I have to do something while I still have my faculties about me and I have my health. (knocks on wood)
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http://www.easyracers.com/BROL_EZ3.htm


This is the trike that I have. It was about $850 counting shipping and set up.

In the last 7 days I have ridden it about 50 miles. Shopping, going to meetings, visiting people, things like that.

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ok....I am officially a bicycle owner.. now some (or one) of you may be wondering..what's the big deal?..well let me tell you.....loooong ago when I was young I LOVED riding bikes..then when i was 14 I was on my home from a friends house and was... hit by a car (from the back)..they rammed up against my bike and I fell..was lying on the street unconcious<sp?> , they didnt stop. my friend found me..yada yada yada...I ended up in hospital for about a week. well since then I havent been on a bike. recently i have had the urge to bike ride but when I tried a few months ago I was freaked out...the thought of my BWA on that two tire bike scared me ..so ...I started researching what type of bike I could get that would help with my lack of balance and scaredycatness (like the word?)..so i came across an 'adult trike'....so tonight I got one.. it's yellow and has a little basket.. hehe.. it's so cute and I had no fear on it ( of course I just rode it down our street.. It will take a while to get used to BUT I took a step in getting back to something... I like.. yayyy me.. I 'll upload a picture when VWN decides to work :P
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