Zack Nelson’s then-girlfriend Cambry had spent most of her life in a wheelchair, meaning she was restricted when it came to getting out and truly experiencing the world. In order to allow her to go on the adventures of her wildest dreams, Zack built Cambry, now his wife, an off-road wheelchair, of sorts, and she’s never looked back. Now they can go anywhere and do anything together and it’s totally awesome!
- The idea was simple but genius. Zack created the unconventional vehicle by splicing together two electric bikes with a seat in the middle. Voila, the off-road “wheelchair” was born! Not only could Cambry suddenly go places she previously couldn’t, but she could do so without her arms getting over-tired thanks to the electric elements.
- The incredible invention is now available to the public. Zack and Cambry found the off-road wheelchair so life-changing that they decided to make them at mass scale so that others could also enjoy more experiences. The “Not-a-wheelchair” is something that could improve the lives of so many others and no doubt will.
- Other adaptive off-roaders are incredibly expensive. “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.”
- Not-a-wheelchair really can be taken anywhere. While Cambry continues to use a conventional wheelchair when in the house, whenever she and Zack head out for a new adventure, the off-roader is always with them. “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,” he explained.
- It’s super quiet and can go up to 12 MPH. You don’t have to worry that the Not-a-wheelchair will be super noisy and go slow because neither are true. The fully electric bike is quiet and moderately fast and can travel between 10 and 20 miles on one battery charge. An additional battery can take that up to 25 to 35 miles, depending on the terrain. How impressive is that?
- This is an incredible invention and deserves more attention. You can find out more about Not-a-wheelchair from the product’s official website, the YouTube account, and Zack’s Instagram page.