Short story of James Giles and his experience of using Falco system in his own words.
In November 2020, I suffered an incomplete spinal cord compression injury as a result of an epidural abscess. I was left partially paralyzed and can walk only short distances and only with the aid of an assistive device.
Prior to my injury my wife and I, together with our friends, regularly biked our beloved Kokosing Gap Trail. I thought I would never bike again. But while in inpatient rehab at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, I was able to try out a recumbent bike which I rode around the hallways. I could pedal it but I couldn’t go very fast and only in the lowest gear. So at that point, I decided that when I get home I would look for a trike with an electric assist.
In search of a trike with an eDrive system, I went to Peddlers Trikes in Heath, Ohio. They had a trike for sale with a Falco eDrive system installed. I bought it. I then reached out to Falco and explained my situation. They were very helpful and after downloading their app they walked me through their suggested changes in the settings to optimize the performance for someone with my disability. I now can not only ride again but I can do more than keep up! And handle the hill back home from the path!
Pedaling the trike is not only good cardiovascular exercise, but also it is an excellent therapy for my legs which is recommended by my physical therapist. Like others with an SCI, I suffer from spasticity in my legs. Pedaling the trike loosens my leg muscles and reduces the spasms. Being able to trike is also great for my mental health. It gets me outside doing a normal activity that I love!!
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