Wheelies and obstacles

Check out this collection of wheelchair technique videos! Some are obvious and simple and some less so. I yelled happily at the no-hands wheelie…

I am really good at this one – popping over high obstacles while moving. Timing is everything. I can’t do a curb yet though maybe if I had good, small wheels. Even a small sidewalk bump takes a bit of thought and practice. When I go across Church and Market where there are like 8 train track rails in a row on a complicated curb, plus potholes, I feel very studly if I can do it in one smooth run – seamlessly.

Damn, this is impressive – wheelie downhill with turns.

I am unnerved by the escalators but still want to do it… ever since i heard about a guy doing it at Web2.0 at Moscone. I would need a very narrow escalator to be able to do it. Going up looks doable but going down backwards, I’d be chicken.

A note, I just read a bunch of brokenclay’s archives and her page on wheelchairs really hit home for me. That is where I got to years ago, and that’s where I’m at again… with the chair I can keep up the pace of my life, without it, I have a lot more difficulty and pain and not so much stamina. I get the same amused look from doctors as if it is a whim. And I try to explain, well, what? you want me to tough it out just because using a chair is somehow a defeat or acceptance; too much acceptance of ‘being disabled’? No… I reject that way of thinking. If I need a chair I’ll use it. And they also seem to think i should signal temporariness by having a crappy rental E&J. NO WAY… I see people (especially older people) limping and then just not going anywhere… limiting themselves rather than use what is basically a piece of technology not a lot different than a car or a bicycle. but because of prejudice and their concepts of fixed identity.

anyway, thanks to brokenclay for saying it very clearly (and without the ranting I can’t seem to help)

2 Responses to “Wheelies and obstacles”

  1. Lisa Hirsch

    All so true. I have a friend who has been stuck in his house for a couple of years with foot problems. He _refuses_ to consider using a wheelchair for “psychological reasons.” My reaction is, “Oh, you think it’s better to have no mobility and be stuck in your house, when you could be out and about and doing things?”

  2. Katja

    Thanks, and I’m glad something I wrote resonated.

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