One legged cyclists

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dirk, 13 Sep 2019 at 17:19.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
    Chapeau to the one legged cyclist I saw today on the A3052 near Branscombe, Devon today.
    I don't know if he was riding fixed gear, or not, but he was going well.
    I've seen several one legged cyclists over the years, but this was the first guy I've seen riding without the aid of a prosthetic limb - literally one legged.
    Anyone might know who he was?
    Chapeau sir, you have my admiration and respect! :notworthy:
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  2. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    When I was growing up, there was an elderly man that rode like that. Looked like a fixed gear with one crank arm removed.
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  3. Ian H

    Ian H I am an ancient randonneur, & I stop often for tea

    East Devon
    I can only think of one whom I know. I recall a German guy on Paris-Brest-Paris a few years ago.
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  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Used to see such a chap in SE London ages years back.
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  5. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    I don't know him personally, but he's been a regular cycling feature of our local lanes for as long as I can remember.

    If it's the same guy, he's always the front of any club ride.

    I've always wondered how his back manages with such one-sided effort.
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  6. DP

    DP Chasse patate

    Saw a dude with one leg ride the Ronde van Vlaanderen sportief a few years ago.
  7. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    When we were kids, a local kid had one leg much shorter than the other and he used to ride everywhere one legged. Was amazing to see.
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  8. 13 rider

    13 rider Guru

    A Paralympic cyclist who's name I forget lives near Leicester I have seen a couple of times once without his prosthetic leg which looks so odd and a couple of times with the leg fitted . He's quick with or without the prosthetic
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  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Jody Cundy flew past me whilst we were both 'commuting'. My excuse was I was riding fixed and he had gears.
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  10. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I did the etape one year, and spent most of the day being gradually overtaken by younger - let's face it, better - riders. At one point mid-afternoon I actually found myself overtaking...just...another rider. It gave me a bit of an uplift till I noticed he had just the one leg.
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  11. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    Slightly off topic ut some 50+ years ago I recall there was a famous 'one legged diver' at New Brighton.
    New Brighton was known for its very high multi level diving board**
    He would hop his way up all the steps, along the board then dive.
    **i walked up once planning to just jump off. I looked down, turned around and climbed back down :blush:
    Not sure if I actually saw him when I was a lad or just recall stories from my Dad.
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  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Used to be a guy in Essex in the early seventies who rode having only one leg. Out on clubruns we used to come across him round Sawbridgeworth which had a decent café stop. He was always immaculately turned out in clothing that could be described as Victorian and had a well groomed beard to match. He rode a top end Condor too.

    He never spoke to anyone though, barely returned a nod when anyone greeted him.
  14. Oldbloke

    Oldbloke Guru

    Mayenne, France
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