- #1536415TedE April 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
I road a bike to work for many years and so have continued to ride. Now in my 80th year and still ride as walking hurts. I can ride right to the shops. Occasionally get sworn at especially when a bit slow taking off in the queue of traffic at the lights however I just smile at them and try not to be provocative as they have the ability to hurt me.
I have been knocked off once about 4 years ago (by a chap coming out of a driveway)and rode the bike into the ground. Bent nearly everything on it and lost a bit of skin and broke my helmet however it straightened up and so it still goes. Have a 4 gallon plastic spray container on the back for carrying stuff and do about 30km a week doing the shopping. It helps keep me fit. So many of the blokes who I see take to scooters to early and then start to hang over their belts. Need to match the intake to the output. So watch your waist line once you start scooting “Newry” hope it all goes well for you.
TedE - Papakura -#1536570TedE April 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm
Have noticed a little unit that can be dropped into the back of a car. I spoke to a chap riding one in town a while ago and hes reckons it’s great as you can take it onto the aircraft and they allow you to fold it up and it’s hand luggage. Evidently the Air NZ staff put it on for him and had it ready for him when the comes out again. It didn’t seem as expensive as the others and lithium batteries which gave him a good range. I can’t find the reference for it at the moment but when trying to find it (I thought I’d saved the link) I found this which is a bit like it but not quite as fancy. The battery was between the rear axles. The tyres were fairly small diameter (as in this illustration) but he didn’t think that detracted from his travel however I would think that it would not deal so well with uneven surfaces and may lead to instability. The chap was fairly small framed and so a lower centre of gravity, maybe that helped. I feel it may have been a bit different for a joker of my build.
Another thought on weight loss, pain is a great way to lose weight. I lost 10kgs in 2 years when the hips were bad. Didn’t have much fat to start with so I lost muscle and when I started putting it back on it was all round my waist line and have had a hard job controlling it since.
TedE - Papakura -#1536573TedE April 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm
Seemed to have missed the link in that post try this:
This isn’t the one I refer to however, it’s a bit like it.
This is a source as well for getting to look at what’s on offer. I feel that some of them are overpriced though.
TedE - Papakura -#1536574TedE April 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm
Again the reference didn’t go on the blinking post here is the TradeMe page:
TedE - Papakura -#1536593TedE April 20, 2016 at 6:05 pm
I think this looks like the one that I saw and spoke to the owner who had been overseas with it. He seemed very pleased with his experience however he was a fairly small man.
TedE - Papakura -#1537456don021MemberMember since: May 15, 2012
Replies: 1821don021 April 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm
There are some scooter bargains around, was talking to an owner who had just parked at the supermarket, his machine was not the biggest on the market but it suited him nicely and cost $500, second hand but looked like new. Mobility scooters are popular, a line of them parked at the store this morning.#1538312joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33302joybel May 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm
I bought mine through Trade Me a few years ago. Paid $1100 for it. son selling his late mothers. Only used it to get to the doctors and the library at first. Took a bit of courage to venture out in the pedestrian pathways and then progress to the mall. Also the footpaths are still a challenge with dips and bumps etc.
It developed a knock in every wheel circuit so I had it looked at. Was informed that it was okay but the TLC never hurt. But, the previous owner or son had put new batteries in. These were only half the power the machine usually runs on. Was advised to replace them or not to go very far as they could die on me. Still using them. Ironically though I discovered the original purchase docket to find the darn thing was first bought in 2003. A geriatric I would say. However it has never let me down and if it stops for want of new batteries I will cross that bridge then. The automatic brake can be at the push of a button disabled and it can be wheeled.
Joybel#1567241joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33302joybel September 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm
Some folk have state of the art scooters. Over winter a couple I have seen were completely encased in tents with Windows and quite large. The visibility did not seem to be the best in these enclosed tents, but certainly waterproofed. Some are quite big as are the owners and must use some more power. I should have mine checked and buy new batteries as it does sound asthmatic at top five mph speed. Today I used the new lift in the Mall to get up to the library. A bit tricky backing out but extra travellers offered guidance. Love mine and I still walk across if the energy allows.
Joybel#1602406fossMemberMember since: October 13, 2008
Replies: 211foss February 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm
l have COPD and cannot walk very far at all. l use an airwheel S5 which is similar to the Segway machines, l find it very good.#1653493lotrfanMemberMember since: September 17, 2006
Replies: 1604lotrfan November 21, 2017 at 10:36 am
I am just about to apply for a lotto Grant for a scooter. I don’t drive so I am going for a Traveller that folds up to take on buses. I can walk, but not far. Has anyone has one of these?
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