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Birdman always liked bike riding, but now with weather so cold he can't go outside. I was thinking about getting him an exercise bicycle, but I don't know much about them does anyone know which is better for Scleroderma and Raynaud patients.... Upright or Recumbent?


Birdmans Wife

Hugs for All,


Julie (Bird Lady)

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Hi Bird man I was adviced not to do any more cycling because of my condition I used to cycle every where but cannot do this any more I get very out of breath but other wise im not to sure as to way specalist said no to this Lynn

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Hello Wife

I've had to quit cycling outside for several reason- too many hills where I live, no leg strength, and I have less control of my heart rate. Both my rheumatologist and cardiologist have told me to either walk or bike or both and to just monitor my breathing and heartrate. So last January we bought a stationary bike - upright. After lots of research the main difference we found was in reference to the back. If you have back problems or prone to backaches, the recumbent is better. Neither my hubby nor I have back problems (yet) so that why we got the upright; however, sometimes, if I don't sit just right on the seat, I do have a little ache in the lower back afterwards. As far as the aerobic aspects between the two - the information I found indicated that it's negligible. I find that in order to prevent getting stiff and achy afterwards, I need to spend about 10 minutes stretching once I get off the bike.


As long as the doctors tell him that exercise is o.k. and possibly even give him a plan, I think it's a great present!


Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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