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Personal History and Development of the Walk On Bike Seat

By Pete Kiilunen

In March of 2003 I had both of my knees replaced because of deterioration from arthritis. The rehab was quite lengthy, but I made it after about six months. I was able to get my legs straight, which was important. But with artificial knees of that time the movement was limited.

I was able to ride a bike but I had to raise the seat high enough to accommodate the limited movement of my knees. Then I was not able to reach the ground. Starting was a little difficult. Stopping was very difficult. I had to find a place to stop where my foot could land safely when I would fall to one side or the other. This was a little tricky on uneven ground.

I looked at recumbent bikes. They were expensive, quite low, and would be difficult for me to get on one of them. One day I was thinking of a new bike. My daughter Karen suggested I check at a local bike shop. It was suggested I get what is called a flatfoot bike, where I could have my feet flat on the ground when stopped. So I ordered one. When I got the bike it worked part way but not quite good enough.

After thinking about it for a while I made a few trial contraptions to position the seat to fit myself. After several tries I got something that really felt comfortable for me. When I would stop and start I was able to put my feet flat on the ground. To me it felt very safe and comfortable. Having not been a very avid bike rider it took me a few tries to get the balance. But it came easy. After trying it out a few times I realized that it was possible to go up hills that I could not do on my regular bike. Sitting farther back and lower with the handle bars adjusted farther to the rear by reversing the goose neck I was able to apply much more power to the pedals.

Although this configuration allows for more power to the pedals that was never the intention. But it does prove that the invention makes it easier and more comfortable to go bicycling, even for a somewhat handicapped individual.

This worked so well for me that I decided to apply for a patent on it and go into production. It is called Walk On Bike Seat™, because you can walk right onto it very easy.

Pete Kiilunen


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