CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION

FAQ – A list of frequently asked questions

At this page you will find a list of frequently asked questions from our customers. Do you have another question? Ask it!

Can I get more spasms from using FES?

Most people report a decrease in spasms after starting training with FES. The remaining spasms are often experienced as more intense because the muscles have become stronger as a result of the exercise. However, it is difficult to make predictions in advance due to individual differences.

Can I use the FES box as a standalone stimulator?

Yes, some customers use our functional electrical stimulation system as a stand-alone stimulator. For instance, one of our customers uses the FES-Box to exercise his abdominal muscles. Others exercise several muscles simultaneously while lying in bed.

I have a high cervical spinal cord lesion. Can I still use the BerkelBike?

In general, there should be no problem using our products if a user has a complete lesion at C5 or lower. However, even if the injury lies above C5, there are still different possibilities to involve the arms into the movement. Additionally, many of the functions of the bicycle can be controlled by chin/head. A second option would be the EasyLegs with an electric pedal assist; this can also be equipped with our FES-Box. To find out what is possible in your particular situation, please contact us and make an appointment.

Is it possible to stimulate each leg on its own in the case of an incomplete spinal cord lesion?

Yes it is. Electrical stimulation is programmable for each group of muscles individually. So if you have a leg with more sensory activity it is possible to reduce stimulation or even to switch off any stimulation.

My leg is amputated. Is the BerkelBike also suitable for me?

Yes, the BerkelBike can certainly be used by someone with an amputation. Previously, people with a (lower) leg amputation had to choose between a handcycle or a recumbent. With the BerkelBike you can combine the power of your arms and leg.

Are there smaller versions of the BerkelBike for children?

There are no special sizes for children thus far, however the Pro version is suitable for everyone with a height of at least 110cm. The height required for the Connect is dependent on your wheelchair, though the height requirement is generally higher than that of the Pro.

In this context, it is good to know that the BerkelBike and EasyLegs Pro can easily be upgraded to become a BerkelBike Connect later on. The only difference is a wheelchair adapter that can be purchased later on. Please contact us for your specific case.

How can I purchase BerkelBike products?

Our dealer in the UK is Active Linx. Please contact them to buy our products. If there is no retailer nearby or the desired product isn’t available, it is possible to buy our products direct from BerkelBike BV in the Netherlands. Most of our products can easily be shipped to your door anywhere in the world. Contact us for more information.

What can the BerkelBike do for my disability?

The BerkelBike was developed for people with spinal cord injury. However, throughout the years, it became clear that people with many different disabilities can benefit from it. We have collected a lot of customer reviews in recent years.

Can I transport my Berkelbike or Easylegs in a car?

Yes! Both BerkelBike Pro and EasyLegs Pro can easily be taken apart without the need for any tools. Front and back parts are attached to each other with a quick-release clamp and a safety pin. The wheels are equipped with quick release locks. You just need to push a button, and you can take them off the bicycle. If you possess the electric pedal assist, the battery can also easily be detached to save some space.

Last but not least, the bikes are very light because the frame is made from T6 heat-treated aluminum 7005, which is also used for racing bikes.

Can I use the BerkelBike with fes without the help of others?

Almost all people with full arm function can use their BerkelBike with FES-Box without the assistance of others.

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