Christian Bagg, a young entrepreneur and designer from Norway has created an adventurous bike for the paralyzed. The bike is designed to make it easier for people who have lost mobility to experience outdoor life again.
Christian’s first invention was a prosthetic arm that enables people with disabilities to mix their drinks without assistance. Now he’s making biking possible for those in wheelchairs!
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The Invention is Called “The Right Bike”
The bike is made from lightweight materials that can be lifted with one arm. It also has a seatbelt to keep riders secure while on long rides and make them feel more comfortable sitting in traffic.
The bikes are available to order online through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, with prices starting at $3,000 US Dollars (about CAD 4,600). With just over three weeks until Christmas Day, there’s still time to get your loved ones their perfect present!
Life is not a smooth journey, and it’s a mix of ups and downs. Ups should encourage you to take a step further, but downs should not push you into the darkness of despair.
The accident was a great shock for Bagg and his family. But he didn’t give in to despair. He realized that everything is for some purpose, and it’s a nature call to him to do something that could be a source of hope and joy for paralyzed individuals.
“I just wanted to go outside with my friends and not have them worry or wait for me,” Bagg said. “I just wanted to have fun with them; I just wanted to blend [in].”
How His Journey Started
Bagg started the journey by building multifunctional wheelchairs and bikes. Then, he took a step further and designed an all-terrain recumbent bike. The invention allowed people to do what they had not imagined with their immobility.
This project was highly successful. Within a few months, the bike garnered great popularity in Canada and other countries. As Bagg said, “We’ve sent bikes to Jerusalem, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.K, and the U.S.”
The bike for the paralyzed has a good range of functions.
It comes in three models. And consists of a robust electric motor, the main wheel, and massive -tread tires.
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How the Bike is Inspiring People
After that great tragedy, he could have given up on his dreams. But he didn’t. He did not let his weakness mask his abilities, and because of him, many people are living their dreams.
Now, J.P. Middleton, a victim of spinal injury and a father of two, rides Bagg’s bike and is very happy. He said,
“It’s become an extension of my body. I take [it] everywhere with me—camping… I take it in the backcountry. I hooked up the trailer and [used it] to drop my son off at his first day of school.”
Ultimately, Christian Bagg’s bike for the paralyzed will change lives and save them. This is an excellent example of how innovation and creativity can help create something that has never been done before to solve a once considered incurable or fatal problem.
I look forward to seeing these bikes used by people who otherwise would have resigned themselves to being immobile.