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Mobility Scooter Part 2

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You have reached Part 2 of Mobility Scooter. If you'd like to read Part 1, go here.

Here's the rest of the story about Cir's electric scooter.

Second, if Cir and I are lifting it, I grab the back wheel axle with my right hand and the front of the scooter with my left hand. Cir anchors himself next to the car and grabs the left axle with his left hand. One, two, three, lift, and into the car. Once it's stable, I then grab both axles and push it in the rest of the way.

I have to be sure and use my legs to lift and not my back. We also need to make sure we have a good grip before we lift. We've never dropped it, but I have strained my back a couple of times, because I wasn't paying attention. All together, it's about a 300 lb. Machine. Taken apart, each piece is about half that – the seat weighs slightly less and the wheel base is more awkward.

When our daughter is with us, she helps lift it by grabbing the front end, while we lift the back. Then I make sure it's all the way inside the car again, once it's stable. It's a nice, medium sized scooter. The first one he had, did not come apart, so it only went on a few outings close to home. This one, The Buzz, has seen the world – well not really. Just “the world” around our city.

Those are the pros for this scooter. Now for the cons. The seat is fine, however, there is no lock to keep it from tipping forward when Cir's not sitting in it. When he first got it, he almost fell quite a few times before remembering he couldn't lean on the seat back.

Also, the space between the handle bar and the seat is very narrow. This makes it difficult for Cir to get his foot through if he's on the “wrong” side when he sits down. What's the wrong side? Well for Cir it would be the left if he's facing it. It's easier to lift or put his stronger leg through the small space than it is to maneuver his weaker leg through there. Not sure if a wider space is warranted, but for him, that's a con.

The last thing that Cir absolutely hates about The Buzz is the beeping noise it makes when he's backing up. This feature is a necessary evil I suppose. They added it to warn those around him that he was backing up and might not see them. He's tried finding the wire or mechanism to disconnect this annoying sound-maker, to no avail.

One of Cirs scooters

The following is a short list of mobility scooters that Cir would like to test drive or have. As you can see, he's a little partial to 4 wheelers. There's also a link below to a site which compares the different scooters available. You may want to check that out, as well. So read about them and see which ones appeal to you. You never know, you may have decided on your scooter today.

(Note: Each of the links opens a new window)

Update: Cir's latest travel wheelchair

It's been awhile since we posted about Cir's wheelchair or scooter, so here's his latest acquisition. We planned a family vacation last year and wanted him to have something he could get around in easily and we could put it in and take it out of the car easily. 

We searched around and found a lightweight travel wheelchair, while not a scooter, it is mobile and light enough that we can lift it together to put in our van. He does have a full sized powerchair which he uses at home, however, we can't lift it to take with us when we're out and about. He does use that when he gets a ride to an appointment, though.

His travel wheelchair is a Ranger Stallion which I can't find, however, here is a foldable chair that is very similar to the one he has now. It's called a Porto Mobility Ranger Super Lightweight Weatherproof Foldable Sturdy Dual Motorized Powerful Electric Wheelchair. I

It only weighs 43 lbs, so it's even more lightweight than the one he has now, which probably weighs about 60 lbs.

He gets asked about it wherever he goes. We've even had people take pics of it while at his doctor appointments. It's maneuverable, and pretty comfortable for quick outings, and we can lift it together. Occasionally a passerby will offer to help and they're always impressed at how easy it is to get into the car.

We're looking forward to traveling with it on our next trip this summer. We'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

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