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Long overdue update

July 27, 2010

It’s been challenging to write updates because mom, the family writer, is the least knowledgable about bikes so she(I) haven’t known how to update that information. Physically, Rob continues to work out everyday. Four days a week with therapists and the other three days at home. The exciting news is that during his therapy sessions he is working on walking. His wheelchair is parked between two parallel bars and he uses the bars and help from the therapists to stand on his own. His right hand holds onto the bar on its own and his left hand is positioned on the left bar.

Next, his care provider, Maynard, and a therapist help him shift his weight onto one foot and take a step with the other. It’s a slow process and we are thrilled to say that Rob now can “walk” the length of the parallel bars forward and backward in an hour. We’ve included a video of part of a session. Please check it out

While Rob continues to work hard during his therapies, he said, “Do you know what I miss more than walking or running?”

“No. What?” I answered. I couldn’t imagine what he was thinking.

“I miss riding a bike.”

Anxious to ride

Rob’s dad, Dave, continues to make progress on the tandem bike for he and Rob. Like any project, it has taken much longer than any of us realized. Thank goodness for California’s weather. We’re still planning to get the bike done and ridden before winter. Yesterday we took pictures of Rob in the bike for what we hope is the final fitting for the seat and pedal positions. 

Dave and Rob, Final fitting for seat and pedals

Rob proudly wearing his team CarboRocket shirt


Dave still needs to design/build the headrest, drive train, and Rob’s steering. Part of the challenge for Dave in designing the bike has been that Rob continues to make physical improvements so the design has to change to accommodate Rob’s improvements. When he first started, Rob didn’t have great control of his head and neck, so the headrest was a complicated design. Now, Dave’s thinking a near traditional padded headrest will be all that’s needed.

The last part of the bike will be painting. We’re starting to think about color schemes and welcome suggestions and thoughts.

On a less mechanical note, bike production and physical therapies will be on hold the first two weeks in August. We will be in Santa Rosa at the CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) facility for training with a companion dog. We are thrilled to be expanding our team to include a dog.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. bikerjen permalink
    July 28, 2010 8:24 pm

    A dog and a bike — two great things to be looking forward to! Go Rob go!

  2. dvisschedyk permalink
    July 30, 2010 2:18 pm

    awesome job! That bike looks like it will be pretty sweet.

  3. brkeyes7 permalink
    August 17, 2010 5:58 pm

    So true, so true “it has taken much longer than any of us realized” Rob you look great on that bike and in the CarboRocket T-shirt. I can’t wait for the ride report. Huge inspiration for me. Thanks for being on the team.

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