Right Arm Project
When I began racing bikes I also began the process of trying to figure out how to go faster on the bike. I went through numerous modifications with brakes, shifting and recently a steer damper. Many years ago I also began the process of having a prosthetic built that would allow me to mountain bike and withstand the abuse of technical trails and descents .
I currently have a custom chest harness and shoulder socket designed to receive an arm built by Dr. Will Craig of Advanced Prosthetic Technologies. Recently I was awarded a grant towards the purchase of the Arm built by Dr. Craig. Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded me $800.00 towards the purchase of the prosthetic. The total cost of the arm is $5,200. Upon hearing the news of the grant, several friends ,sponsors and organizations have asked how they can help. This group/ page is a place where you can offer support, suggestions and for those that can't wait till cross season to heckle me.
I have used my new arm for two seasons of riding. I have tested cross,mtb and road. The arm is for sure an improvement over riding with out. I have improved stability at speed as well as comfort enhances my enjoyment of a ride. As my experience with my arm grew I was able to start the process of improving my skills on the bike.
After working with Harlan Price of Take Aim Cycling, I began the process of improving the function of my prosthetic. Harlan was able to make adjustments that improved the functionality of my arm. We also made observations of design limitations and features of my arm when utilized by an above elbow disarticulation like myself.
As the development of my arm continues, I reached out to Stephen Barnes after seeing what he did with a hands free hydration solution for Sonya Looney.
I was fortunate to be able to go on a ride with Stephen. He was able to see the arm in action and come up with ideas.