Rider Spotlight: Pedee Possum

This is an awesome off-road wheelchair that has opened up my world immensely. Not only can I easily navigate dirt roads, mud, lawns, snow and ice, but I am now able to get to many more places in nature that I was no longer able to get to.

When I got my first manual wheelchair 4 years ago due to MS, the mobility specialists told me I was unusual...that most people with MS usually just get a motorized scooter. My philosophy is that I will stagger, crawl, or propel myself with my arms as long as possible.

Before getting the Freedom chair, I had developed chronic shoulder pain, as I’ve lost grip strength bilaterally, so had to twist my arms in unusual ways to keep pushing the manual chair. After switching exclusively to the Freedom chair, my shoulder pain has completely disappeared. The lever system is awesome, and if worse comes to worse, I can Velcro my hands to the levers, even if I can’t grip a manual wheelchair rim.

It is pricey, but when you compare it to the price of manual wheelchairs, it is extremely well-built and actually very well-priced in comparison.
Also, the fact that they have used common bicycle components, it’s very easy to repair, and can be done by any bike mechanic. I’m no longer reliant on mobility specialists who make you wait months to repair, and then charge insurance 10-20x the amount.

Fabulous chair. I highly recommend it and thank these brilliant MIT engineers for keeping me mobile throughout the year.
— Pedee Possum

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The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. Ready to hit the trails.  Learn more about the GRIT Freedom Chair at www.gogrit.us