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Thursday, July 19, 2018

DIY No-Cost Bicycle Cart For the Disabled/Elderly

It's my third year of being a live-in caretaker for my now 90-year-old mom.  Again, though I manage her finances and haven't lived totally moneyless through this interim (I use money sparingly and reluctantly), I still love making due with only what is freely given, freely found, and freely created with my own hands. 

This has been my time of deepening my philosophy of a world without money, a gift economy.  But this post is not philosophy, just practicality.  Philosophy is useless if it can't translate into basic practicality.

Here I share with you my latest finished project, costing zero money:

DIY Chair-iot (Bicycle Wheelchair Cart) for the disabled and/or elderly.



Yes, I just finished building this bicycle chariot for my mom yesterday! We went for a sunset test run for several miles and it was a glorious ride! My mom loves it, as you can see! (watch us riding at the end of video)

It's made with all scavenged materials! I pieced it together from 2 wheelchairs I found (one from the hospital dumpster, the other abandoned by the river). I put dumpstered bicycle tires on the rims. The poles and even the bolts are scavenged. And I even found the bicycle abandoned by the road and fixed it up!


9 comments:

  1. That’s some high-level re-use! Super impressive.

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  2. Wow! That's a great idea. Quite clever, too. Looks like a beautiful day for a ride. I, too, am caring for my mom. I don't live moneyless but would love to do so. Perhaps, in the future In the meantime, I love reading about your experience.

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  3. Super cool! A great way to get your mom out in some fresh air and see a change of scenery. Pure genius!

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  4. Hi Daniel, I am on my way to Montana fromIndiana and would like to meet with you. I have been reading your blog formanyyears and am seeking to live a life in the gift economy. If you are open to meeting in the next few days or in the future, please hit me up 21nine 2869nine7zero

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    1. Matthew, I've been in Fruita, Colorado the past 3 years caretaking my mom, so if you happen to come by this way we can hook up.

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