How a lost pair of sunglasses created the coolest wheelchair gear on the planet…
I needed a cool wheelchair bag but I couldn’t find one. So let me tell you what I did…
WheelchairGear started with my lost pair of sunglasses, let me explain.
I was on a “road trip” in the summer of 2002, eating breakfast at a restaurant in York, Pennsylvania.
I finished eating, and headed out for a full day at The Street Rod Nationals.
I loaded my wheelchair into the car and was on my merry way.
It didn’t take long for me to start reaching for my sunglasses.
I searched the entire car, but they were nowhere to be found. My prized aluminum hot rod sunglasses were gone.
I called the restaurant as soon as I got to the car show, but no luck.
After the car show I decided to ride back through the restaurant parking lot to see if maybe I had dropped them or if by chance someone had found them. To my utter amazement there they were, lying in the parking lot, right around where I had parked. I couldn’t believe it… they didn’t get run over or stolen. What a break!
Evidently my sunglasses fell from my wheelchair as I was getting into the car. I have a tendency to hang things from my wheelchair.
As I was driving home that afternoon I imagined how handy it would be to have a small pack that I could attach to the front of my wheelchair to carry smaller items instead of reaching all the way around the back of my wheelchair to get into my bag. Wouldn’t it be great if all of my really important stuff were close at hand?
So, I started designing what is now the Mini Pack. I thought about the things that were the most difficult for me to get to while I was sitting in my wheelchair. I thought about how awkward it was to reach for my wallet since it was in my pants pocket. I also wondered about how great it would be to have my cell phone handy and easy to grab within seconds. And, wouldn’t it be so convenient to have my camera within close reach when I go on trips? Well, one year later the Mini Pack was born.
I use it everyday, and it’s become a permanent fixture on my wheelchair.
After the Mini Pack, I started designing a wheelchair bag that was easy to use while sitting in a wheelchair. This design came out of my frustration after buying a wheelchair bag for my chair. The bag was enormous! It felt cheap and looked like a big square sheet of polyester. It seemed to me that people who had never spent any time in a wheelchair designed this wheelchair bag. After months of prototypes and tweaking I created a wheelchair bag . (Just because I’m in a chair doesn’t mean I don’t like quality wheelchair accessories).
So, it was sunglasses and frustration that started WheelchairGear. Enthusiasm, excitement and fun are what motivate WheelchairGear today.
If you like quality and originality, and want the best wheelchair bags and mini packs for your wheelchair, then we definitely have what you’re looking for.
Let us help you “Get in Gear” today!
LS, the designers and staff of WheelchairGear.
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