CYCLING FROM YOUR WHEELCHAIR WITH ARMS AND LEGS
The BerkelBike Connect is an extension with one wheel that you can attach to your wheelchair. You can cycle with the strength of both your arms and legs. It has the same handles as a hand bike. The standard pedals are the same as those of a traditional tricycle.
United States Patent Number: US 7,293,623 B2
EMILY HOLT (MS) ABOUT THE BERKELBIKE CONNECT
It’s been a while since Emily tried the BerkelBike for the first time. She fell in love with the bike because the stiffness and pain in her legs disappeared completely. Although she cannot walk, she enjoys training her legs without pain and doesn’t have to take medication. Emily bought the BerkelBike and trains a few times a week to soften the pain in her legs.
Use the BerkelBike with functional electrical stimulation
CYCLING WITH THE BERKELBIKE CONNECT
The handles and foot pedals are connected. It is also possible to use only the legs while cycling while holding the handles as a steering wheel. If you move the handles, the foot pedals rotate as well. So, you can choose to let your legs do the work or to help them with your arm power.
The pedal assist system helps you to perform a full cycle with the pedals. This is even possible if you have little power and coordination in your legs. This system allows you to distribute the effort during the cycling and you can give your tired limbs some rest during cycling.
A trip with the BerkelBike Connect counts as full body training. Body parts with reduced function and limbs with normal function can both get effective training. If you have injured your spine, you can combine the BerkelBike with our electrical stimulation to get your paralysed legs moving again.
RICHARD WILSON USES THE BERKELBIKE CONNECT
Richard uses the BerkelBike Connect with his wheelchair. The VR Docking Station allows him to cycle his favorite route, even if the weather it is poor. This way he can go on following his progress, even in winter.
Functional electrical stimulation allows him to cycle with both his arms and legs, and even with his legs only thanks to the enormous progress he has made. Thanks to the BerkelBike Connect he was able to rebuild muscle mass in his legs.
REGAIN INDEPENDENCE AND TRAIN YOUR BODY
The BerkelBike Connect can help you to maintain or regain much of your independence. Because you don’t have to transfer from a wheelchair to a bike, is it a handy companion for your daily activities. In addition, it ensures that you stay mobile while at the same time keeping you moving in a nice and convenient way.
SUITABLE FOR A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS
People with different medical conditions use the BerkelBike Connect in their daily lives. The most common conditions among our clients include transverse lesions, multiple sclerosis, amputations, neuromuscular disorders and brain injuries. The bike was developed in the Netherlands in collaboration with doctors, therapists and researchers from different rehabilitation centers. It can be used in physical therapy to build up strength and muscle mass in people who have lost part of their leg function.
THE BERKELBIKE HAS WON SEVERAL AWARDS
The BerkelBike has already won several awards for its technological innovations. Combined with our FES system, it can be used by patients with transverse lesion and by tetraplegic patients. By performing a full cycling motion with your legs, you can build up your muscle mass, improve blood circulation and reduce muscle loss due to inactivity. The functional electrical stimulation enables you to cycle with a tricycle with your own leg and arm power, even after a transverse lesion.
THE BERKELBIKE PRO OR THE BERKELBIKE CONNECT?
The BerkelBike is available in two versions: Pro and the Connect. The Pro is comparable to a three-wheel recumbent, while the Connect is a single-wheel extension that you connect to your wheelchair to transform it into a full three-wheeler.
The BerkelBike Pro
The Pro was developed to cycle long distances at high speed. It is light, has little resistance during cycling and the wide wheelbase with a 9 degree frame curve provides extra stability. The seat height can easily be adjusted to the driver; high for a good overview or low for better stability. Especially with the seating area at a low position, it is possible to take turns at high speed without tilting.
The seat position can be quickly adjusted without tools. Even people with little mobility in the hips or people with overweight can sit comfortably by tilting the backrest downwards.
It is also possible to adjust the rear axle position, depending on your personal preference. Positioning the rear axle rearwardly results in greater pressure on the front wheel, making it less slippery and allowing you to ride safely uphill. Positioning the rear axle more towards the front, reduces the turning circle of the bicycle and provides easier maneuverability in the city.
The Pro can be easily disassembled without tools so that it fits into the car.
Photo: BerkelBike PRO (Left) and BerkelBike Connect (Right).
The BerkelBike Connect
The Connect has been developed for use in combination with your wheelchair. The greatest advantage is that you don’t have to transfer from your wheelchair to the bike. This renders the Connect especially convenient for social and daily activities such as shopping, visiting friends and taking a ride in the park.
The Connect is smaller than the Pro and therefore even easier to carry in the car or store at your home. If you already have a regular hand bike that can be connected to your wheelchair, it is usually possible to link the Connect in the same way.
TRANSFORMING YOUR BERKELBIKE
You do not need to buy a new bike if you want to use the Pro instead of the Connect or vice versa. If you have already purchased the Connect, you only need to purchase the back part of the Pro. If you already have the Pro, you only need to purchase the connector to link the front part of the Pro to your wheelchair. If you want both, you can buy the Connect together with the back part of the Pro. You can then transform the Connect into the Pro without the need of any tools.