Do you have a curb assistant?

Walking outside is rarely a journey without obstacles. The obstacles can for instance be grass, pot-holes, roots, gravel, stone-paved streets, cobblestones, snow, or sand. But the hardest obstacles and most frequent might curbs of different sizes. 

How do you then overcome them all? If you have a rollator with smaller wheels you have a much bigger problem climbing obstacles. Because the size of the wheels makes a huge difference. Then a low threshold in a doorway might be an obstacle too high to pass. The rollator comes to a full stop and you might risk falling over. 

To overcome the thresholds or curbs, traditional rollators have the option to add a small curb assistant, tilting aid, a type lever mounted on the inside on one of the rear wheels. It is a device, which helps you climb obstacles, where you suppose to balance on one foot and with the other one place the foot by the rear wheel and stop the wheel from rolling while you ascend the front wheels over the curb. A balancing act that could be quite dangerous, since there is a risk of falling over. 

We don't offer that solution to our products since we deem them too dangerous to use outdoors. Especially when our Walkers are better curb climbers since they have bigger wheels and the passes thresholds with ease. 

If you like to pass a curb with the Walker that might be too high, yes, the walker comes to those too. But they need to be over 5-6 cm to cause a problem. Then we recommend walking all the way up to the obstacle and brake with both rear wheels while titling the walker backward until the front wheels are above the obstacle. Then loosen the brakes and roll forward while the Rollator, tilts back with the wheels on the obstacle. Then continue to walk as you were before. That is safer than standing on one leg trying to engage the titling aid in a risky type of circus number.

The Velopeds of our has the Trionic Climbing wheel which climbs curbs with ease oy to 13 cm / 5 inches. So you can safely walk on your journey without coming to a full stop. 

Johan is the author of this solution article.

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