Paul Boeren – The BerkelBike Pro with FES
Paul is an enthusiastic BerkelBike user. He owns a BerkelBike Pro FES with Docking Station Flow VR indoor trainer. The BerkelBike is equipped with electric stimulation (FES), so Paul can cycle despite his complete spinal cord injury. Paul talks about his experiences with his BerkelBike in a phone interview.
First experience with the BerkelBike
“The first test run on the BerkelBike was an incredible experience. It is a strange feeling when your legs become active again and when they start moving along. Now that I have been training with the BerkelBike for a while, my legs have become more flexible and stronger. I very much enjoy cycling with the BerkelBike.”
The BerkelBike Experience
“I cycle twice a week in the morning. My wife helps me onto my bicycle before she goes to work. I often watch the news while I am cycling on the indoor trainer but I have a software programme that I haven’t installed yet. I think cycling itself is much more important than those toys, but I am going to figure out how it all works. I cycle for about 45 minutes, after which I take a bath.
I always find it difficult to get started, but it is such a great way to start a day. I am kind of a busy bee, but thanks to the cycling I am in better shape and I can become an even busier bee. That is why I keep getting more and more enthusiastic about the cycling.”