I'm a roadie and a clydesdale - so I use cycling to help me keep myself healthy and my weight in check. I started off with palandromic rheumatism early last year, which lead to RA. My difficulty is that my favorite exercise is cycling - I like the freedom I have to get on the bike, the ability to go where I want under my own power. I enjoy cycling a great deal, and pain in my hands generated by the arthritis affects me in a number of ways - both on and off the bike.
I've got a Bianchi hybrid that was originally designed as a touring bike. Bianchi replaced the drop handlebars with a flat bar which dramatically limited the number of hand positions I have available. Plus, it put me in a more upright position that actually increased the pressure points in my hands.
I've got my bike in the shop replacing the flat bar with drops and adding brakes/shifters on the bar and in the drops. In addition, they're going to apply additional padding to the handlebars which should help the pressure to my hands. Hopefully, this will provide me with a number of combinations that I can use while still being able to get to the brakes quickly.
Thanks for following up - we'll see how the new bars work.
Welcome Jbrat to HealingWell,
You're under a good wing with Craig! He knows his stuff.
I was thinking, isn't there a bicycle w/ 3 wheels yet you sit down reclined? Like the recumbant bike @ the gym? (or recline bike? I forget what the term used) I've seen people using them, some are even hands-free too.
So sorry to here about the flare ups and the ER. Landed there many times myself, so I know the feeling. But, there are times where it is necessary. Wish it could be avoided.
I've been a lot tougher!!!! Last year I was getting upset when I was good for a day...then it gets swept away as fast as it came. Very disapointing...but I live for those "good days" knowing that they will come again. So now? I do go overboard when a good day comes! And it's worth it.
You have a lot of issues to deal with everyday...and you seem like you do the best you can. Never STOP CYCLING!!!! As long as you can do it...do it!
How are you feeling today?