I used to be super-athletic (mostly volleyball and snowboarding) and played a sport almost every day and entered tournaments on weekends. I missed being so active, so I decided to accommodate the EDS and POTS and I bought a recumbent trike! Although I haven’t been able to ride for a while, I just wanted to share this everyone as you might want to try it. I don’t do distance rides, but I ride up and down (up to 5x) an extremely steep and long hill at the Scarborough Bluffs. Please see the attached pic of the trike. I thought this might appeal to people because, well, you are sitting down in what feels like a recliner (so little or no POTS) and this particular Catrike has an adjustable head rest, for those of us with severe neck pain. I feel completely supported and pain-free while riding. Please note the position of the headrest is REALLY important. Once, just from changing it’s position back a bit, I could barely pedal on a flat surface. So, to sum up, IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO RIDE UP AND DOWN AN EXTREMELY LONG & STEEP HILL THEN TO STAND STILL OR WALK!!!! lol Oh, and also I feel REALLY good after riding; like it gets circulation to my head or something.
...sorry, it won’t let me attach the pic (says it’s more than 75 KB?).