Using a little imagination and adding contemporary materials the above photograph could easily be reconfigured to be a modern day handcycle. Imagine the box in front is transparent. I see no reason a watchmaker could not have a set r complex gears inside the box. Streamline the seat, lower everything to the ground and I can readily imagine my handcycle.
Today, wheelchairs are mass produced and the vast majority are poorly designed. For the last two years I have been looking for a light weight wheelchair and have failed to find something I like and can afford. I am discouraged but hopeful. I think we are on the cusp of developing radically new and improved wheelchairs. I was supposed to be in New York tomorrow acting as a respondent to Wolfson who is presenting her research at Columbia. Below is my reply to her presentation. It might be an awkward read as I react directly to Wolfson's work. But I still think it is worth a read. My focus is on the rigid frame wheelchair and why I am optimistic about the future. I am very interested in what some old time crips can add to the development of rigid frame wheelchair in California circa 1980.