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Via Healthcentral, a well-known American website about health, we came across an article about our City walking aid. In this article, Jackie Zimmerman, experience expert, compares our walking aid with the threewheeler Alinker walking aid. Jackie says that these walking aids are an excellent option for people with (a starting form of) Multiple Sclerosis. With the walking aid you can easily walk more and further. Read in this user experience the experiences of Jackie about the walking aid City.
When I first saw Selma Blair posting about the Alinker walking bike on Instagram, I thought: That’s really cool…but not for me. I have multiple sclerosis, too, but my walking is fine. My legs are fine. I don’t use any other devices to get around. Why would I need one of these? But Selma kept talking about it, and I kept thinking about it. Could I do more or go farther if I did have assistance?
During my search for a suitable walking aid I came across the Alinker by Barbara Alink and the City walking aid by Van Raam. Apart from these two walking aids, I could not find anything comparable. I was very curious how the walking bikes are, so I started testing quickly.
On the Healthcentral website you can read the full article Jackie wrote: ‘Do You Need a Walking Bike in Your Life?’.
Van Raam’s Walking Support Bike looks like a traditional bicycle with two wheels minus the pedals. The bike has low support bars on the frame, which makes getting on easy. There’s no need to lift your legs to get settled. You can adjust the seat and handlebars to your height. I found that it took some time to get the handlebars and seat adjusted properly, but once I did it was quite a comfortable ride. The bike is very compact, making it an ideal tool to take with you many places; however, because it looks like a regular bicycle, you’ll probably have to explain why you’re using it to cruise into public places.
The Van Raam city walking aid is really fun to ride, and when I was on my own, I’d fly down sidewalks with ease. But because you do need a certain amount of speed to maintain your balance (just like you do on a standard bike), walks with my husband were harder. Riding with a friend who jogs would probably work better if you want some company. Like the Alinker, this bike was also great on paved paths, gravel and mud, and I found it very easy to maneuver going up and down hills. The more I ride this bike the more I like it. With its slim profile, it’s great for sidewalks or in busy areas. That said, if you’ve got balance issues, the two-wheeled design is going to be tough.
At 19 pounds, the bike is easy to maneuver, especially when the back wheel is folded in, cutting the length almost in half and making it incredibly portable. I had no problem picking it up and taking it in and out of my house or car, but in its folded state it doesn’t stand up very well on its own, making it a bit cumbersome to store.
Jackie Zimmerman - United States of America
Type: City walking aid
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