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Disability in Sport!!

Disability in general has always come with a bit of a stigma attached, and until the 2012 Paralympics in London so did sport!! We here at Senacre Cycles understand the difficulties on a personal level. For myself having a son born with Spina Bifida who is now a full time wheelchair user and someone who has always loved sport. It was only when he watched the Wheelchair Basketball in 2012 that he managed to find his love and has gone on to play for the GB Junior team and now plays professionally in Germany!!

A nice story for a rainy day

We recently had a similar customer come to us and we were so glad we could help….here is his story!!

As a child with a disability following Polio in 1948 I wore a full length calliper on my left leg. Because I found walking difficult, as soon as I could I would use a bicycle as my main means of getting about. I could only push with my right leg, my left leg was just an appendage. ( and still is) This worked well until I was 16 and bought a motorcycle, one with hand gear changes, a Velocette.
 
When I drove cars at age 17 or thereabouts I got rid of all my bike (1) tandems (2) motorcycle (1) and continued on 4 wheels till about 25 years ago when camping in France my eldest daughter suggested we borrowed a tandem from the people in the next door tent so she could try riding one herself. It was not a success. In the mishap which soon followed, I broke the femur of my left leg and spent about 6 months off work learning to walk again.
 
By then I had internal scaffolding as well as external scaffolding and had a reduced ability to bend this leg. When, on the odd occasion I tried to ride a bike I would be lifted out of the saddle because of all this hardware, which was amusing to onlookers but not too clever for me.
 
As time went by, as exercising for me was difficult, I steadily put on weight. Now, aged 71 Im about 6 stone overweight and although I joined a gym found the changing facilities a trial and was restricted on the equipment I could use. I thought about riding bikes again but could not work out how to cater for my reduced flexion. All sorts of ideas occurred but these would need clever, and no doubt expensive, engineering to fulfil.
 
I stumbled across a Charity which helped people with a disability to ride once more. They put me in touch with an engineering company who produced a swing shank  which, the fitted correctly  would enable my left leg to describe a circle of a smaller diameter than my right leg which would be doing all the work.
I then searched all the local cycle shops near to me to see if they would fit this equipment. In short, none would, until I propositioned Senacre Cycles just a few miles away. Their store manager Paul, while he had not heard off such a thing asked me for details and I excitedly took the technical guff from the manufacturers over to Senacre. After a careful read Paul declared that he would be delighted to help me. 
 
I then, with Pauls help, carefully measured by how much my disability now reduced my flexion in my left leg, and, armed with this information, bought the necessary equipment which, despite not having to pay VAT still was a little over £200.00. I figured this would be a small price to pay for becoming mobile gain after 56 years! And allowing me to exercise, hopefully to lose weight also.
 
Paul has spent many hours on this project and I have found him unceasingly patient and good humoured. He gave me enormous confidence in his knowledge and application of that knowledge to his craft.
 
I can now ride again and although totally out of breath after a few hundred yards, am increasing the distance I can go before I needs must go home to recuperate. I owe a great debt to Paul and Senacre Cycles who have helped a dream come true and shown that dedication, hard work, attention to detail, and looking after ones customers are not, in Senacre at least, a thing of the past.

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