When Cambry Kaylor, a champion equestrian vaulter, was paralyzed in 2005, she stayed in her beloved sport as a trainer and never lost her love of adventure.
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This picture is from a few years back, when I first began riding again. Learning to ride post injury has been one of the most challenging things I’ve done. And while practice improves my balance and harmony, every ride is still difficult. The hardest part is when I ride a new horse. I have to start back at square one to learn the new rhythm and balance needed. It’s a humbling experience trying to stay on when you might as well have noodles for legs ?. So why do I it? Why not pursue something that isn’t affected by my paralysis? Because riding is in my bones. It’s at my core. Its when I feel the most alive. And when I’m able to do something that is down right hard, I’m reminded that I can do just about anything I set my heart out to do. That I set my own limitations. And I’ve decided riding will be among the things that I CAN DO. Even if it’s difficult. It’s called perseverance.
However, what she could do was limited. Wheelchairs have been updated over the years, but they’re still not great for the outdoors, particularly in off-road scenarios.
Zack Nelson has a massive following on YouTube for his MacGyver-like skills. On his channel, Jerry Rig Everything, he builds, repairs, and creates things in ways most people can’t imagine. When Zack and Cambry began dating, she started appearing in his videos, and he focused his skills more on accessibility.
In 2018, he created “The Rig,” a fully-electric, off-road wheelchair that could go just about anywhere, by melding together two electric bicycles.
It’s built using lightweight materials, which keeps the cost down and allows for customization.
It has a quiet electric motor and can reach speeds of 12 MPH for up to 20 miles on a single charge.
The rugged chair can handle most of what the outdoors can bring—snow, sand, the seaside, and hiking trails—with ease.
There’s also room on the chair to carry camping gear, or if you’re using it in the city, groceries.
Soon, people began asking him how they could get one, so he decided to go into business.
Anyone who’s interested can go to notawheelchair.com, pick their colors, tires, and batteries, and Zack will custom build it.
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Cambry now uses The Rig everywhere she goes. Those made for the general public will start shipping in November 2020.
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