Monday, September 22, 2008

New Model Pedalongs

A production run of 25 units of the new design has begun. These units have better appearance thru chainguards, better operability thru more convenient handle placements, and greater stiffness. A milling machine and other equiopment have been purchased to permit easier modification for user needs (and faster assembly).

Pedalong Company has been approved as the new DBA. Several new contacts for research and funding have been made, several new sales enquires have been received, and the new website is in place. It shows videos and provides an order form!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June 25, 2008 - NWU research

Twelve stroke recovering patients participated in the trials under the direction of Dr. David Brown. CO2 production for the 6 minute exercise period with the Pedalong was much higher than for 6 minutes of walking or wheelchair arm propulsion. This result suggests that recovery of endurance post-stroke can be speeded with exercise using Pedalong. Seat pressure measurements made during the tests showed that pedaling results in pressure shifts and may help in avoiding pressure ulcers.

Soon a decision on the quantity for the next batch of prototypes will be made and the components ordered. Discussion with possible future manufacturers has also been begun.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pedalong has progressed recently with addition of a website: and a first sale! The research at Northwestern University's medical school has a completed experimental phase, and the data is being analyzed.

Four pedal power prototypes are available for field testing - the first is in use at Westminster Village in West Lafayette, Indiana. Professor Ken Ferraro, Purdue University, is supervising this trial.

Patent applications are being filed and trademark approval for Pedalong is complete.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Pedalong Project

In June, 2005, the design of a pedal-power attachment for wheelchair user therapy and propulsion was begun. In the following 2 1/2 years a series of prototypes was built, and at the end of 2007 testable prototypes were delivered to Northwestern University's medical school for a six-month laboratory research project under the direction of Dr. David Brown.