A fun and stylish mobility aid!

5 out of 5 stars

The Alinker is referred to as a 'walking bike'. and I use one as a mobility aid. It has no pedals but you can ride along smoothly using your leg/s while sat on a saddle so it bears your weight. It has a brake for when you want to remain stationary and you can adjust the height and angle of the seat and handlebars.

I struggle with walking any distance as well as keeping steady while I go, so it's perfect for me to have something that is less effort and keeps me steady. I can go much further on the Alinker than I can when I walk and since I'm propelling it under my own steam I'm still able to get exercise as well as be independent. In fact I can actually get my heart rate up by 'running' which is something I definitely can't do without it! I've also been out on it in the cold British weather and managed to stay warm because my blood is pumping!

I use the Alinker outdoors, for instance in the park or on relatively smooth paths. I also use it to visit museums, galleries and exhibitions, which is something I absolutely love doing but struggled immensely with when I wasn't using a mobility aid. The Alinker is great for going around the supermarket on its smooth floors, I can get a good view of everything, which can be difficult in a wheelchair. The only issue is that I don't have a basket/bag for it but I'm looking for one that will work.

It folds in half easily and goes in the boot of my car, although is difficult for me to lift in. The wheels come off which makes it a bit lighter so that I can just about manage it. I'm very weak when it comes to lifting things though so others might be OK. It's made rail travel easier for me since I can now actually get around the station, and it comes with me on the train very easily. Just reserve a wheelchair space for it and it'll travel with you.

The Alinker is brightly coloured and so well-designed that I always feel really excited about using it. It doesn't make me feel 'disabled', I feel like I can do anything!

I would recommend to anyone getting one to look into finding a bike saddle that is comfortable for them. It comes with a standard saddle (a men's saddle maybe?) which can get a little uncomfortable after extended use. I bought a cheap gel cover which works well.

The Alinker certainly isn't cheap and it took me a while to decide to spend the money, but I'm so happy that I did. It's worth every penny! It's well-made and robust enough that I imagine it's going to last. Plus, the cost of a decent bike is near enough the same. I view it as having invested in my health and happiness! :D

One of the best things for me is that I can now walk around with my friends and family and feel part of the conversation. When I'm in a wheelchair or struggling to catch my breath I'm not able to talk very easily to anyone else, but when I'm using the Alinker I'm at the same level and next-to people rather than in front of them shouting backwards (or gasping!).

I'm constantly recommending the Alinker to people. Personally I love how unusual it is, but if that's putting you off then please don't let it, it's so much more than how it looks!

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5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars

Alinker walking bike

Alinker walking bike

Out and about

Alinker

Over £200

It's easy to get on and off an Alinker, it's very stable and stays put when you have the brake on. To get on I just have to walk forward onto the saddle from behind it and lift my leg slightly. You don't have to lift your leg in the same way that you'd get on a bike.

I've had my Alinker for around 10 months and haven't had any problems with it.

I feel like buying an Alinker has been a great investment, I wouldn't want something that's going to keep me stable to be made of anything cheap!

  • Mobility
  • Communication
  • Accessibility
  • Reliability
  • Value for money

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You may also be interested in the UK charity, Wheels for Wellbeing which aims to remove barriers to cycling for disabled people.
Visit https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

They provide direct support to more than 1000 disabled people a year to discover or rediscover cycling.

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– Users sit upright at eye level with standing companions

– Weight is supported by the seat with no stress on the lower body

– Handle bars provide additional support

– Feet remain on the ground keeping users stable and safe

Size: available in 3 sizes

Weight: 12 kg (26 lbs)

Features: foldable, rear brake, parking lock

Price: $1,977.00 via the Alinker website and available in the UK from Pyxis for £1,250.00 (ex. VAT) or £1,500.00 (inc. VAT) [17/07/2018]

– VAT exemption may be available