The MS Bike Manual is a written resource intended to accompany This Bike Has MS online content. It features a comprehensive exploration of the methods by which the bike was designed and constructed.


Included is a detailed breakdown of the bike’s components, and explanations as to how each element has been calibrated to replicate the physical effects of multiple sclerosis.

THE TEAM BEHIND THE BIKE

Paralympian Gold Medalist Carol Cooke AM led a team of neurologists, physiotherapists, bike mechanics and people living with MS to build a bike to improve understanding of multiple sclerosis. By building a bike with the symptoms of MS, the team hope to aid the treatment, diagnosis and education of this debilitating disease.

THIS WHEEL IS WEIGHED DOWN BY FATIGUE

Heavy materials used in the bike’s wheels add to the resistance the rider must endure to move the bike forward.

THESE GEARS BATTLE SPASTICITY

Broken teeth from this cog cause the bike’s gears to slip unpredictably, reducing the rider’s ability to control speed, direction and momentum.

THIS FRAME HAS NO BALANCE

A bend in the structure of this steel frame disrupts the bike’s equilibrium causing it to sway randomly from side to side when ridden at speed.

THIS SEAT IS RIDDLED WITH PAIN

Incorrectly designed for distance riding and adjusted to a level that causes discomfort, this saddle will become painful over time.

THIS FORK IS DIZZY

A slight bend in the length of this fork, combined with un-trued wheels, will cause the bike to move erratically, removing the rider’s ability to maintain a steady line.

THESE HANDLEBARS ARE FULL OF PINS AND NEEDLES

Ball bearings hidden beneath the tape of these handlebars accentuate vibrations through the rider’s upper body. This will lead to pins and needles that will progress to complete numbness.

The Bike with MS will be ridden in the 35th annual Sydney to Wollongong ride. You can also participate in the event by registering for the ride on Sunday, 6 Nov.

Paralympian Carol Cooke AM challenged Australia’s best cyclists to ride the bike with MS in the MS Melbourne Cycle on March 6, 2016. Five time Olympian Shane Kelly accepted Carol's challenge, and helped improve awareness and understanding of the debilitating disease that affects thousands of Australians every day.