“I went back to see Colin after trialling the limb on my track bike and it was so uncomfortable and painful to wear, I started to think I’d have to make some very expensive changes to my bike or miss out on the trip altogether.”
Being locked in by the pin and restricted by the liner the discomfort was exacerbated when wearing leathers, it was decided he needed a limb specific to the track bike. The team at Harold Wood created a basic patella-tendonbearing (PTB) socket with mild supracondylar suspension, and a lower posterior brim and a terry sock was used to reduce bunching at the knee. Different suspension sleeves were tried but all created too much resistance when bending the knee; a cuff was too constricting but a Juzo sleeve offered just the right amount of support and freedom of movement. Further suspension would be gained by close fitting leathers, fasteners and boots. Rob was asked to bring the track bike to Harold Wood centre to allow Colin and Glen to align, fit and adjust the prosthesis in situ.
The turning point
The day of the fitting came and the heavens opened. Motorcycles, leather and bodies don’t work well in such extreme conditions. So a very large, 1000cc racing bike was wheeled into the workshop! The bike was raised onto its stand, Rob donned his leathers and it was all beginning to get a little surreal.
Rob enthuses “These guys really went above and beyond for me; I’m not sure it would happen in many places where you’d be asked to bring a motorbike inside!” In October Rob traveled with the group to Spain and spent the day on the track, confident and comfortable he was able to enjoy the trip to the full.
"It was great to get back to Spain and the freedom of the track. I would advise anyone learning to live with a prosthesis to talk to their team; it made all the difference for me!”