The rig lets disabled people go offroading
Medgadget Editors July 2, 2020
People with lower limb paralysis generally don’t get to enjoy the great outdoors nearly as easily as other nature lovers. Wheelchairs aren’t designed to traverse rugged terrain and go on long treks, but a couple in Utah wanted to design something they themselves can use to see the world and their ideas have led to The Rig.
The Rig, also called Not a Wheelchair, is a four-wheeler that uses components from electric bicycles to power through all kinds of ground. Fat tires provide traction and they’re attached to a strong frame, via an optional suspension, that looks like it’s made for a small car.
Multiple electric bike batteries can be connected to The Rig to give it an extended range, which can probably be made as high as 100 miles.
The cost is around $5,000 if you’re looking to go offroading and servicing it in the future should be easy since nearly any bike shop will be able to repair it. The developers are careful to point out it’s not a medical device and should be considered as an electric bike.
|This is ‘Not a Wheelchair’ — Introducing The Rig. Customize your own ‘Not-a-Wheelchair’ right here. We wanted to create something affordable, and capable and I think we’ve done it. Huge thanks to Utah Trikes for their help designing and manufacturing The Rig. We hope it brings as many miles of happiness, adventure, and exploration to you as it has done for us. Designing an affordable bike that happens to be accommodating has taken us more than a year and a half. Of course, we plan on building and improving The Rig over the next few years. JerryRigEverything. Youtube June 30, 2020|
|Homemade Off Road Electric Wheelchair – She had NO Idea! Building this Off Road Wheel chair out of two electric bikes was a super fun challenge, and ended up being much easier than I anticipated. With a few minor adjustments to the electric bikes, I was able to mount a seat ‘chariot style’ right between the two e-bike frames. JerryRigEverything. Youtube Oct 17, 2018|