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May 07, 2009

1 Legged Cyclist an Inspiration

Imagine yourself pedaling up, up, up, some highway in the mountains near where you live...

It's a beautiful spring day, you can see for miles, and you don't have a care in the world as you huff, and puff your way up the road.

Suddenly you become aware of a cyclist coming up behind you, and announcing his passage on your left.

Your jaw drops, and you almost lose your balance, on your trusty steed, as you notice that the rider leaving you in his wake...is doing so on 1 leg. ;-D

This happens alot to cyclists in Los Angeles according to a great article, in todays LA Times, about Felix Hackenberg:

During a 1999 appointment with a prosthetist Hackenberg was asked if he had considered riding a bicycle. No, he replied, but he was willing to try.

"I thought I'd have to put a mattress on my left side in case I fell," he said. "But I got on the thing and immediately had balance. I could ride it."

He hasn't stopped pedaling since. The 58-year-old is a daily fixture on streets near his Hollywood home, in Griffith Park and on steep mountain roads such as Mulholland Highway...

Read the rest of his amazing story, and see a selection of photos, here: Disabled Hollywood man bicycles way out of bitterness by Bob Pool.


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Wow! I guess I will have to stop complaining when my legs are tired.

Posted by: jeff | May 12, 2009 9:12:21 PM

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