Amazing! Man Creates Off-Road Wheelchair For His Wife - Now Anyone Can Buy One
The adventurous couple came up with the design when they couldn't find a model they liked in the current market - now others can join the fun!
Zack Nelson and his wife Chambry came up with an idea for a device that would allow Chambry, who has used a wheelchair to get around for most of her life, to access more places. And boy has it taken off!
After over a year of planning and building, Zack came up with an off-road vehicle that uses electric bike parts and a souped-up rig to climb over difficult terrain that's not usually accessible by a regular wheelchair.
Zack and Chambry worked for over a year to create and test the Not-a-Wheelchair. Jerry Rig Everything/Facebook
They playfully called the invention "Not-a-Wheelchair" to highlight the fact that, while it's not a medically-approved device and lacks some of the fine tuning, its off-road capabilities and handicap accessible features allow those with disabilities to more fully enjoy the outdoors.
The couple had been searching for a reliable off-road vehicle for Chambry for years, but the few options available were too pricey or didn't have the speed and feel they wanted.
Now, after working with a Utah-based bike company to design the Not-a-Wheelchair, they've made the model available for mass-production – a factor that was important to the couple when coming up with a prototype.
video c/o Jerry Rig Everything
"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," Zack told Bored Panda. "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."
The 'Not-a-Wheelchair' rig can travel over rough terrain, making more places accessible for those with disabilities. YouTube
According to Zack, off-road wheelchairs can cost as much as $10-20,000. The Not-a-Wheelchair model starts at just $4,750.
Using technology and parts taken from electric bikes, the Not-a-Wheelchair can travel up to 12 mph with a range of 10-20 miles. The rig travels easily over firm surfaces like dirt, rocks and snow, although, not unlike a bike, it can struggle to get through soft terrain like gravel and loose sand.
One of the best parts of the vehicle is the lack of noise – it's a relatively quiet ride when compared to other off-road vehicles.
"Since it's totally electric there's literally no sound coming from the motor, which makes for a more realistic nature experience," Zack explained.
Cambry has put over 1,000 miles on her rig, and she's used it to travel to places like Hawaii where she saw sites she never thought she would be able to witness in a wheelchair.
"All this travel was before COVID was a thing," Zack said. "Luckily, we also live near mountains and snow with long wide flat trails to try the bike out on."
The Not-a-Wheelchair can be stored and stowed in most trucks and SUV models. Jerry Rig Everything/Facebook
What an amazing act of support for Chambry from her husband! The Not-a-Wheelchair is an incredible contribution that has the potential to help so many.