Youbike exercise bike for those with a disability
YouBike™ is the world’s first cardiovascular exercise bike which has been specifically designed to be used on a bed. Being a multipurpose bike, it may also be floor mounted which can be used with or without a wheelchair to exercise the arms and legs.
The hand cranks are connected to the foot cranks via a direct drive belt. This enables your arms to exercise your legs in a cyclic manner.
Originally designed for spinal cord injury patients the YouBike™ can also used to treat stroke patients, Parkinson’s suffers, over-weight, elderly users and help with any bed bound recovery where arm/leg exercise is recommended.
An ideal portable rehabilitation exerciser for physical therapists.
Phil Thorn, the brother of Clem, was the inspiration for the YouBike™. On the 26th September 2008 Phil contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis and fell into a coma. Phil recovered, but the almost fatal attack left him deaf, blind and paralysed in his lower body.
Phil was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where he underwent physiotherapy treatment for his legs and feet, he attended the hospital gym daily, however he would spend a lot of time in bed if family, friends and staff did not take him out in his wheelchair.
While visiting Phil in hospital Clem discussed the idea of a bed-mounted, portable fold-away cycling machine. From here the first basic ideas were designed on scrap paper with an engineer friend.
Over the next 4 years several versions of the YouBike™ were designed and built. In 2012 the final brief was to develop a bed mountable exercise bike that not only was functional and light enough to be portable, but also be stylish.
After researching and looking at many different types of current rehabilitation equipment, style became a priority.
In 2012 the YouBike™ was born.
A foundation has been set up for Phil to help his family and aid his recovery. This foundation will receive benefits from YouBike™.
- Exercise from a wheelchair or from Bed
- Ultra modern design
- Very Lightweight – only 13.8 kgs
- Packs flat for storage or transport by car
- Drive 1:1 Ratio Poly-V belt Driven
- Computer gives all vital work out information
- Camlock adjustable stay from flat to upright
- Central Column made from T6061 alloy
- Adjustable footplates and calf supports
- Carbon fibre nose comb and wheelchair footboard
- Optional removable cranks can be reversed for hand biking