Nothing can stop a man in love to make his beloved one happy. Yet, if he has the required skills, it will also be fun and simple!
In 2005, Cambry Kaylor, a champion equestrian vaulter had an accident during training that left her paralyzed. However, she remained in love with outdoor adventures and sport.
Yet, she was fortunate enough to have the right guy by her side!
One day, her then-boyfriend, Zack Nelson, the DIY electronics repair guy of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, decided to ease her life and make her dreams come true.
He spliced together two electric bikes with a seat in the center and created a unique vehicle that helped her access all kinds of terrains. And she loved it!
She said that it gave her a new level of freedom, she could overcome obstacles easily, and she could do miles without her shoulders getting sore.
In a video, Zack shows the entire process of building the innovative piece of engineering, and he says making the fully electric wheelchair was “super fun and surprisingly simple.”
After a year, the couple got married, and they started to mass-produce the vehicle, now called ‘Not-a-Wheelchair’. They improved the design over time, and it eventually became a reliable off-roader.
Their website reads:
“Shopping for an off-road wheelchair can be frustrating. There are a few different options out there, but they can cost as much as a car or are super slow. Cambry and I decided to put our heads together, and build our own off-road wheelchair. Something that’s quick and light with a super long range. “
This is the video introduction of the off-roader
“The toughest challenge when developing ‘Not-A-Wheelchair’ is the price. We wanted to create something that is affordable for everyone. Finding quality components, and a simple enough design at the cheapest price possible took quite a bit of time. But I think we have something now that everyone will be able to enjoy, at a fraction of the cost of other ‘off-road wheelchairs’ currently on the market.”
Yet, it is not an indoor machine, so Cambry still uses the normal wheelchair when inside their home. But whenever they need to go outside, their ‘Not-A-Wheelchair’, or as they call it, “The Rig”, is the best option.
Zack explained that “it’s silent, which means that we can all still talk and chat while she rides next to the group.”
Due to the detachable aluminum bumper, Not-A-Wheelchair is also easily transportable by car and truck.
“We have taken The Rig to Hawaii twice for testing. The bike has to be shipped with a freight company before we go, but we ship The Rig about a week before we fly out ourselves, and it’s waiting there for us when we arrive. All this travel was before COVID was a thing. Luckily, we also live near mountains and snow with long wide flat trails to try the bike out on.”
Zack felt the need to remind that ‘Not-a-Wheelchair’ is just a bike, with all the normal maintenance and issues of a regular bike, and it is not “ a fine-tuned, polished, medical device.”
However, they are happy to have it, and hope other people will find it as useful as they do!
The accessible bike is fully electric and super quiet
It can go 12 mph
The vehicle has a range of 10-20 miles with one battery and 25-35 miles with two batteries
Zack explained: “Our whole goal is to provide something that is capable and affordable”
‘Not-a-Wheelchair’ has a rear rack mounting system for wheelchairs, coolers, camping gear, or a picnic basket
Its maintenance and repairs are easy, as it was made of bike parts
The Rig has an aluminum frame, detachable bumper, and four-inch off-road bike tires
Without the bumper, it is 5 feet long and 32 inches wide
It can fit in short bed pickups with the tailgate up, Jeeps and Subaru Outbacks
The vehicle can get through most doorways
It is suitable for most places
Just like a regular bike, it can struggle with loose sand or loose snow
The recommended weight limit is 225lb
The base model with no suspension and one battery costs $3,750
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