Saturday, December 22, 2018
The young man on the hand cycle asked me about my fat tired bike and I asked him about his hand cycle. I was surprised to find out that his hand cycle had electronic shifting! He had a triple crank where his hand turned the handles and that went to his front wheel where he had an 11-speed cassette. He said that the electronic shifting had made his cycling experience amazingly easier - I asked why? He said that traditional mechanical shifters on a hand cycle always require you to back-off after the shift to make sure you are in gear correctly and this always slowed his momentum. Now he can shift under full power and keep his momentum without losing any power and speed.
We were very impressed how fast he could move on his hand cycle powered only by his arms - very awesome!