Cycling with parkinson's
jagman547 Posts: 14
edited May 2011 in The bottom bracket
Hi, I have been a leisure cyclist for quite a number of years and thoughroughly enjoy it. I am now 64 and recently diagnosed with early stages of Parkinson's desease. Lately I have noticed I tend to wander a bit when out on my bike, which is unerving me a bit and I am lacking confidence in traffic. I don't want to give up cycling so would be grateful to hear if any other bloggers suffer and how they are coping.
This might be a question that needs answering by someone with medical/specialist expertise. I thought that it was the case that sometimes with Parkinson's a person who was no longer capable of walking could ride perfectly well, much to the surprise of their doctors. Some kind of peculiarity with something to do with the automatic nervous system...but as I'm not an expert, this might be complete piffle or an entirely different medical condition....
The best people I can think of to contact would be Wheels for Wellbeing. I've met some of them and they're good people, committed to improving cycling access for all people with so-called disabilities. Have a look here:
Mission Statement: Although they're based in London, I know that they work with and coordinate with other parts of the country. Dropping them a line can't do any harm.
I have all the 'official' medical bumf!
Best wishes on your situation
Back to packing now, off on holiday tomorrow,
Unfortunately I’ve not discovered any magic solutions but I’ve found badminton (just knocking the shuttle around with friends) has greatly improved my spatial awareness and pilates my posture. I understand wii (spelling?) games such as tennis are also good for spatial awareness but that’s a bit beyond my technical prowess. If you’re not into pilates someone nagging from behind also helps! Whatever you do I think in time, now you’ve recognised the problem, if you keep cycling you’ll find your body will come up with its own coping strategy which hopefully will reduce the problem. I find at tricky junctions the need to concentrate hard on the traffic and turn simultaneously is likely to blow my balance. In these instances I stop, get off and walk across. This is a major blow to my pride, but better that than being squashed or stopping cycling altogether.
I have both a normal bike and electric one. The electric one does help in that it stops me getting too tired on long or hilly rides. When I’m tired my posture is worse and so is my drift. The normal one does still get an airing, last Sunday I cycled 20miles down an old railway line on it and it felt great so don’t let anyone suggest giving up cycling!
Oh, I fell of the other day, but only thing hurt was my pride, I'm not giving up.
K-Dogg here. I received diagnosis of Parkinson's disease recently in 2021 after a year of poor sleep, tiny writing, Buddhist monk gait and inability to be competitive racing gravel.
Much better after meds.
Trying to get back up to speed again. Still do intervals training program etc. but slow going. I now get dropped from racing buddys I used to stay with.
I have an e-bike on order so I hope this will allow me to surf the pack thereby extending the fun staying with the pack.
I feel fortunate my symptoms are still mild.
Anybody else have advice for race training and/or e-bike mixing?