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Riddled with arthritis and forced to retire earlier than anticipated I still foray into the shed although I may spend longer lying on the floor than anticipated. I need a lift more than the bike does. Some days are worse than others but it's a case of move it or lose it. I'm posting at 03:30 am o'clock hours because the pain woke me up.

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Blimey! When I did the oil changes on the floor recently, I was feeling sorry for myself with a touch here and there of arthritis making it a bit uncomfortable. After reading this thread, At age 58 I have realised I must just be a big girls blouse and should get on with it or take up flower arranging!
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I reckon I'm a fair bit older than most on here, and know and appreciate that I'm lucky to be able do what I enjoy most, namely working on and riding motorcycles. Assuming my luck holds out re capability, next year I may fall foul of the age limitation imposed by the Insurance industry, but I hope not.
Meanwhile, I'm making the most of it, fiddling with everything, buggering things up, then putting them right. Can't beat it
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Hi RL1, bullied and shamed by the replies I've ordered this one! Made the mistake of ordering it through Amazon before I found the company website. It's dearer from Amazon?Cry

https://www.kmsdirect.co.uk/800lb-hydraulic-bike-lift-bench-red


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I have to admit I do use a kneeling pad now, it does make a difference when there is no alternative to kneeling.
But we are all different, so we all do what we must.

The important thing is not to give up though, keep yourself young in mind at least, and make the body agree as much as you can.
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It was the getting up and down and crawling on cold concrete that put me off working on old cars. A bike lift is much easier to accomodate and, although it's sometimes a struggle to get the bike safely up there and takes up too much space when not being used, I wouldn't be without it.

If I have to work on the floor I use a kneeler pad I bought at the Stafford show or something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Denny-International-Folding-Portable-Kneeler/dp/B01F5QSDTI/. It makes it easier to get up and can be used as a stool as well. I'm only a young'un but I can't put my right hand flat on the floor to get up cos of old injuries.

It's all about adapting to make life easier. I haven't got the answer to getting off the ground in the tent yet. A camp bed perhaps or maybe I should try the garden kneeler. At the moment there's a lot of rolling about involved.
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I have one like the first one on that page as I don't have room for a roll-on type bench.
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Originally posted by v7john v7john wrote:

I haven't got the answer to getting off the ground in the tent yet. A camp bed perhaps or maybe I should try the garden kneeler. At the moment there's a lot of rolling about involved.



I feel a lot better now I know that I`m not the only one having to roll about to get up, however my Mrs finds it amusing.

On a more serious note I don`t think I could manage without my hydraulic platform, but pumping it up is getting more painful so may have to consider changing to a pneumatic one   

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Originally posted by BobV7 BobV7 wrote:

Hi RL1, bullied and shamed by the replies I've ordered this one! Made the mistake of ordering it through Amazon before I found the company website. It's dearer from Amazon?Cry

https://www.kmsdirect.co.uk/800lb-hydraulic-bike-lift-bench-red




Didn't mean to bully you just encouragement as I can't even get out on mine let alone mend it.
 So if you can do both keep going.
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Originally posted by BobV7 BobV7 wrote:

Hi George

My problem has always been that I don't know when I've had enough or when to stop. That's usually dictated by the wife turning the lights off. I've always enjoyed working on all my bikes and cars, well maybe not the cars any more; no idea what's going on under those covers now. I'll have to look into the specs for lifts after what Motty wrote.
I have learned that if I work longer than I should I will do less the following day. Best to keep mind active and ignore aches and pains as much as possible 
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Another for a lift

A ramp is probably better, but if you're strapped for space get an EazyRizer. I can easily drag mine out of the way or into the middle of the garage if I want to work on the bike

It takes a bit of thought to get your eye in as to how to rig the bike for the lift, but I've had my old Cali and the Big Breva up on my Red one no problem (you wont need the "Big Blue")

It would be shame to stop riding if the only reason was you find crawling around on the floor for maintenance purposes difficult







Edited by Tris - 04 Sep 2018 at 13:53
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