Cambry is a paralyzed lady, who for many of her grownup life, has been restricted to the graceful pavement together with her wheelchair. Her husband, Zack Nelson, who loves her very a lot and needed to take her tenting and on different excursions, merged two electrical bikes with a seat within the center to create an off-road wheelchair. Now, Cambry experiences a complete new degree of freedom and may overcome off-road obstacles that appeared not possible earlier than.
The duo began mass-producing the automobile dubbed ”The Rig” or ”Not-a-Wheelchair,” after they took it out on check runs in Hawaii and all through the mountains and mountaineering trails close to their residence. They declare that when selecting an off-road wheelchair, individuals have some choices, however they’re both too costly or are extraordinarily sluggish. Not-a-wheelchair is quick, compactable, and light-weight with a really lengthy vary.
The hardest problem when growing ”Not-A-Wheelchair” is the worth. We needed to create one thing that’s inexpensive for everybody. Discovering high quality parts, and a easy sufficient design on the least expensive value attainable took fairly a little bit of time. However I feel now we have one thing now that everybody will be capable to get pleasure from, at a fraction of the price of different ”off-road wheelchairs” at the moment in the marketplace.
”Not-a-Wheelchair” shouldn’t be designed for use indoors, so Cambry nonetheless makes use of her commonplace wheelchair inside their residence. Nevertheless, every time she and Zack go to the seaside, on a hike, tenting, or to the park, she hops in The Rig. “It’s silent, which signifies that we will all nonetheless speak and chat whereas she rides subsequent to the group,” Zack clarified.
We’ve got taken The Rig to Hawaii twice for testing. The bike must be shipped with a freight firm earlier than we go, however we ship The Rig a couple of week earlier than we fly out ourselves, and it’s’s ready there for us once we arrive. All this journey was earlier than COVID was a factor. Fortunately, we additionally stay close to mountains and snow with lengthy extensive flat trails to strive the bike out on.
Presently, there are round 2.7 million wheelchair customers within the US, and as longevity will increase, the demand for particular wants autos ought to solely rise as effectively. Not-a-Wheelchair prices $4,750 whereas present off-road wheelchairs value someplace between $10,000-$20,000. Nevertheless, Zack emphasizes that The Rig is only a bike, with all the usual upkeep that comes with a motorbike. Regardless, the couple loves The Rig and hope others will get pleasure from it as a lot as they’ve.