Reviews – Amputation

The 20th of October 2012 I had my left leg completely amputated due to a flesh eating bacteria. After 6 weeks of in Radboud, a dutch hostpital, I got to go  to a rehabilitation centre called Sint Maartenskliniek. In the time I spend there I had learned about the BerkelBike. After 6 months practice I could already climb the hills of Nijmegen on the cycle. Since 2013 I’ve had my own BerkelBike Pro without support, so I can remain fit and train.

We started cycling the first day we got the BerkelBike. We cycled through the gorgeous Achterhoek for a few kilometers, but those kilometers quickly became more. I wished to cycle 15 kilometers with a journey passed Lindensemolen, a small hamlet. Before November came I had achieved my goal, we immediatly took out the camera to take a picture for proof. Because we cycle in all kinds of weather, my husband has customized the BerkelBike with fenders, so my back stays clean from water and mud. We also added a small mirror to increase safety.

I’ve already cycled a few thousand kilometers with my BerkelBike and I enjoy the freedom it provides every single day.

With kind regards,

Anja Oonk

Anja Oonk
In 2010, Connie’s left leg was amputated. Since the 13th of October (2011), he has been  in possession of a BerkelBike Connect. He sent us an e-mail containing his experiences. 

“… and I instantly wanted such a bike.”

During the rehabilitation of my amputation, I came in contact with BerkelBike. They let me ride on one. I loved it, and instantly wanted such a bike! And now I own one, amazing! Despite my handicap, I can propel with two arms and one leg. I enjoy nature and of course cycling. I have already cycled 800 kilometers. In one word: AMAZING!

Connie Willems
Luke Sinnott climbs a flagpole with a double amputation

It was impressive footage of the Paralympic Games in London: A BerkelBike user from Great-Britain played an important role during the closing ceremony.

Captain Luke Sinnott demonstrated his exceptional endurance, power, and courage, by climbing the flagpole in order to hang the British flag.

The tragedy of war

Doing so, the 33-year-old veteran embodied the strength and qualities of thousands of paralympic athletes. Two years ago, he served as captain for the bomb squad in Helmand, Afghanistan.

During a mission, he ran into a roadside bomb and lost his two legs. “It felt like life was drained out of me,” he told. “I thought about home and didn’t want to die this way.” A fellow soldier managed to apply a tourniquet. Nevertheless, he lost both his legs.

Future is looking bright!

He is now a member of the British Paralympic Sailing Squad and hopes to attend at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. During the climbing of the flagpole, he wore short prostheses without a knee joint. He can easily ride on the BerkelBike with his walking prostheses. Luke came in contact with BerkelBike at a trade fair. He was one of the first BerkelBikers with an aluminum frame in England. Years later, he is still very enthusiastic with this solution for his mobility issue.

Luke Sinnott
Using the BerkelBike after an amputation

My name is Miek Des Bouvrie. In June 2011, my right leg was amputated because of a complication after a knee replacement. Rehabilitation went well. After exercising at Sint Maartenskliniek and another prosthesis, I can live my normal life again.

My BerkelBike Experience

I received my BerkelBike in March 2012. It is equipped with eight gears and an electric pedal assist, so I can ride uphill. It’s great! Meanwhile, I traveled about 350 km on my bike.

It takes me anywhere: to the gym, shopping, to girlfriends, I even take it with me on holidays. After disconnecting, the BerkelBike can easily go in to the car. It gives me my freedom and lets me enjoy nature. Most important for my choice of this product was that I could stay active, rather than sitting still on a mobility scooter.

It takes me anywhere: to the gym, shopping, to girlfriends, I even take it with me on holidays. After disconnecting, the BerkelBike can easily go in to the car. It gives me my freedom and lets me enjoy nature. Most important for my choice of this product was that I could stay active, rather than sitting still on a mobility scooter.

Miek Des Bouvrie