I had a doctor tell me I should get a wheelchair. I found out how much of a pain in the ass they are when I got hit by a car in 2013, so I opted for a ‘knee roller’ instead. After shopping around I chose the All-terrain Knee Rover. It seems pretty robust compared to other models. Most folks using these have a broken foot or something. I expect to deal with my condition for a longer period, so I wanted something better and built to last longer.
I’m pretty happy with it so far. I made some modifications, though:
- I got rid of the tabs that limit the turning radius. I had a friend and neighbor, Michael Bush, use an angle grinder to grind them off. We used some nail polish to protect the exposed steel.
I was cautious about it. I talked to the manufacturer, who told me it might be less stable. But I’m going up from a cane, not down from walking normally, so I’m already cautious and slow.
It was the best idea I had. Tight turns are a little awkward, but my place is much more navigable with the tighter radius.
- I took it to Blue City Cycles and had them add bar ends to the handlebars, and move the brake onto one of them.
- I also had them change out the knobby ‘all-terrain’ tires for street tires. Much smoother ride, and less rolling resistance.
- I added a cane holder. That way I can still navigate tight spaces, and deal with cabs and stuff better. I’m still mobile while it’s in the trunk of a car or whatever.
- I added a big fluffy cover for the knee pad. Definitely more comfortable, especially for distances longer than a block.
Overall it’s pretty nice. Not as good as walking normally, but I am a lot more mobile with it. Over long distances I get some extra tension in my legs, but that’s not a big deal. Now I get to enjoy the spring more.