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    Question Segway for a Paraplegic using KAFOs

    I am an L1 complete paraplegic - With an RGO I am able to walk short distances using a walker and am developing skills with forearm crutches. To use walking as a practical matter I need some other way to move longer distances.
    I am looking at Segways - I believe that I could ride a Segway standing in my braces but have no idea how with my knees locked I can get on and off the devices. Does anyone using KAFOs use a Segway and if so what are your experiences
    - I can get up a 3" step with crutches - I think the segawy platform is 8" off the ground.

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    You may want to search Segways. There's an issue with them being used as a mobility device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    I am an L1 complete paraplegic - With an RGO I am able to walk short distances using a walker and am developing skills with forearm crutches. To use walking as a practical matter I need some other way to move longer distances.
    I am looking at Segways - I believe that I could ride a Segway standing in my braces but have no idea how with my knees locked I can get on and off the devices. Does anyone using KAFOs use a Segway and if so what are your experiences
    - I can get up a 3" step with crutches - I think the segawy platform is 8" off the ground.
    There are at least two companies making a kit for Segways that allow you to sit while you control it. Pretty cool. My only concern when I saw them was the ability to come right up close to things like counters or tables but I didn't have the chance to try one. Looks like fun and also like they could pretty much overcome any obstacle. Good luck :-)

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    Have you checked with anyplace that rents them? I imagine they would let you see if you can get on the platform if not go for a supervised test drive. There are at least 2 Segway tour outfits in Seattle.
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    I am a Segway owning incomplete crutch walking para with no sensation in the feet. It is a bit of a crux to get on a segway, especially the new segways. There are old segways with a rigid stem with twist controls and newer segways with the stem/handlebars movable to steer. Go for the old segway. If you are unsteady - the newer segway stems / handlebars won't help you with balance.
    I can see that it would be a challenge to get up on one with KAFOs. I have only one AFO and it is not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    I am an L1 complete paraplegic - With an RGO I am able to walk short distances using a walker and am developing skills with forearm crutches. To use walking as a practical matter I need some other way to move longer distances.
    I am looking at Segways - I believe that I could ride a Segway standing in my braces but have no idea how with my knees locked I can get on and off the devices. Does anyone using KAFOs use a Segway and if so what are your experiences
    - I can get up a 3" step with crutches - I think the segawy platform is 8" off the ground.
    I'm a walking quad that also gets around using a walker. legs have decent strength and balance. i used a segway for work for about 5 yrs. i loved it. it can be tricky. i had my share of falls. your knees take alot of shock & pressure everytime you hit a bump or pot hole.

    my first and only segway was the Segway p Series. check out the link for a pic of it(that is mine, just what it looks like). i havent riddin my segway in over 2 years. its pretty tore up and needs new batteries and both wheels are flat but it still works. the fiberglass handlebars need fixing. everything wrong with my segway can be fixed.

    i live in Texas. i'm going to try and sell my segway for parts. my segway still works. it would be a good worthwhile project for the guy/gal that likes to fix modify things. heck, if you lived close by i would just give it to you for free or maybe a six pack or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    I am an L1 complete paraplegic - With an RGO I am able to walk short distances using a walker and am developing skills with forearm crutches. To use walking as a practical matter I need some other way to move longer distances.
    I am looking at Segways - I believe that I could ride a Segway standing in my braces but have no idea how with my knees locked I can get on and off the devices. Does anyone using KAFOs use a Segway and if so what are your experiences
    - I can get up a 3" step with crutches - I think the segawy platform is 8" off the ground.
    Some good advice has been given above.

    I have seen guys use crutches to pull themselves up and on. You'll need to give it a try to know for sure.

    It is of the utmost importance that you can dismount safely. That's first and foremost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz321 View Post
    You may want to search Segways. There's an issue with them being used as a mobility device.
    The United States Department of Justice in its regulations published in March 2011 confirmed the Segway protection under the ADA.

    So at this point any issues would be a violation of federal law. Of course as we all know just because it's the law doesn't mean all will comply.

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    I am assuming that to be usable I would need to modify the init with a stand and a way to dismount - possibly rails. I assume I can try one merely by drafting a couple of beefy guys to lift me on and off and
    Craig Vinton
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    has offered to let me try one

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    I will accept ineedmyelin's generous offer - I have replied through private channels to work out the details.

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