About Judi

Bicycles are my salvation. They are my way of life. If you don't like it, then you can go straight to hell. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

49 Replies to “He is harder than you.”

  1. i’ve got tons of respect for this guy, I can’t imagine how hard it was to learn to ride and RACE with one arm. As a person whose only one armed riding experience consists of the occasional 2 blocks back from a c-store with a hot cup of coffee in one hand, I always congratulate myself for not wiping out because every little crack in the road is amplified times 10 and the ride feels like a circus act about to explode, but compared to what he’s doing that’s nothing.

  2. Massive respect. I’ve been on crutches this week,cos I hurt my ankle, and it has given me jge respect for people permanently living with a disability. Simple things are made so much more difficult.

  3. I have spent may days riding and racing,both mountain and road with “Scooter”. Nobody complains when he is along for the ride.

  4. Good to see Pelkey over here.

    Put a bar plug in that thing or you may lose something even more important in the man dept.

    Somebody forward this to Pactimo to see if we can get this guy a jersey made just for him. They don’t like me anymore, or I’d do it.

  5. I think the fact that he lost his arm in a train accident makes him 3x harder than originally thought. Next best option would be in a foiled attempt to overthrow a nation of pirates & steal all their booty.

  6. No suspension fork and only a front break. Mad respect for the bike handling skills on this guy. I would indow all over the course.

  7. Does he really only ride a front brake? There’s gotta be a way to mount a second lever with a shortened blade so he can grab both at once or just the full lever for the front only.

  8. …’bout as bad-ass as it gets…on the dirt no less…fuck !!!…

    …glad i didn’t feel sorry for myself when i dislocated my shoulder last week or i’d feel like a total wuss…

  9. It would make sense to rig two brakes on the same lever. All you miss then is dynamic front/rear brake balance.

  10. I have both brakes and shifters all on one side. I tried the mono lever and it sucked. the mono lever stands the bike straight up when you try to corner with any speed. I did race 24 hrs of snowshoe with just a front break because I tore my back break off after a beautiful crash in the lower rock garden/ downhill.

  11. He rides with all controls on the left side. Grip shift front derailleur with rapid fire rear. Manipulates both front and rear brake with 2 levers. At least that is how we had it set up in the past.

  12. Rich, I set up my road and cross bike like my mtb. I have sram xo shifters stacked. the grip shift just didnt hold up for racing and now I can shift without compromising my grip.

    I have drank the DC cool-aid the jersey stays! well at least until I give it back to Judi.

  13. Hydraulic disc would be the way to go…you could setup a proportioning valve with a lever and get any ratio of front/rear bias from one brake lever.

  14. with the hydraulic disk the stopping power creates big problems when trying to handle the bike. I used to run hayse hydraulic and I would get thrown off the bike. next time you are on a bike with coaster breaks try stomping the shit out of the break and hold on with one hand. then visualize trying to shift and control the bike. my fingers are all fucked up and I relay am only using two fingers to control the bike.

  15. Very cool setup. Something I have never considered when building bikes. I learn something new every day around these parts.

  16. i frequently rode with a good friend in phx who had one hand, missing his lefty. more often than not he set the pace and i tried to keep up.

  17. John G. Rienhart, played on two little league teams with him. THE BEST pitcher/hitter in our league. The coach for our team quit when the league refused to let him play the next year in the majors.

    Beth H may remember him he used to live on top of Mt. Tabor, rode for Klien in the early-mid 80’s.

    I bet he can still tear your legs off and then knock a home run with’em.

  18. I watched Charles race on the 2nd day of the UCI3 in OH, the guy had me inspired the whole time! I saw take a digger and got right back up…def my hero!

  19. Out here in the Seattle area there’s a guy who cycles with one leg. Not even a prosthetic clip-in carbon version, just one leg. He has two ass cheeks to sit on his bike but pushes a massive gear and sort of humps up and down. He dropped me, just on the bike path but he was moving. I heard he lost his leg in a moto accident and didn’t want to stop riding. Both of these heroes make me feel stupid for bitching about 29th place this weekend.

  20. …kenny foraker, an old friend out of so-cal & who i haven’t seen in years, rides with just his one leg & a bungy cord setup on the opposite side as a crank return…

    …tough ass motherfucker used to race the kamakazi downhill at mammoth…

    …kenny’s enthusiasm would put a smile on your face & sometimes, even leave you with a tear in your eye…

    …got another friend, steve, up here who rides both road & dirt with a carbon fiber lower leg…

    …gotta say, all these cats represent some major fucking heart…

  21. charles – lets just say you and dominic can share the jersey. :)

    yep, charles can pretty much beat me up every hill we’ve ever climbed, and he weighs a good 50lbs more than me. good father, good husband, good heart.

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  23. Sheldon Brown wrote an interesting article about ditching your front brake. It’s on the Harris site. I could look up the url if I wasn’t on may way to the fridge for another beer.

  24. Sorry, meant rear brake. Might have to rethink getting another beer.

    Nah, it’s Saturday night. I’m goin’ for it.