Di Blasi R30 Folding Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter that folds up on the press of a button. It seems a genuine novelty but the Di Blasi R30 folding mobility scooter is not the only one on the market. Click here to find out more about it. I like the 1930’s style and the large wheels so it can go over bumpy terrain that is not possible with nearly any other lightweight mobility scooter.
Folding Mobility Scooter
The Di Blasi R30 has wheels with a diameter of 31 cm (12.5 “) compared to the diameter of 12cm (7.5”) for a Travelscoot. So it is much easier to ride over rough ground and mounting dropped kerbs that are a 1 cm+ barrier. The bigger wheels mean greater clearance and a smoother ride. I am worried about the front wheel drive with all the weight towards the back when going over bumpy ground or up a steep slope such as a ramp onto a train or bus.
The folding mechanism looks impressive
How robust is it? Will it fold if the metal frame gets bent? How easy is it to bend one of the struts? A big test with lightweight mobility scooters is being able to store them. The R30 folds down to 65cm(w) x 37cm x 48cm(h) cm (25.6″ x 14.6″ x 18.9″). This you store almost anywhere.
The icy test
Lift up a box that weighs 21.8 kg (48 lb) with no obvious handholds. The video make this look very easy because it is done by someone without any obvious disability or balance problems. I certainly could not do this because of my balance and mobility problems caused by multiple sclerosis.
Quite often I travel to London by train. Would I fold up the R30 before getting onto the train or when I was on the train? I use a Travelscoot mobility scooter; it is more compact, lighter and takes up less space when I ride it.
Why buy a mobility scooter?
It is important to consider where you will use the scooter, what you are going to use it for and when. Will you used for shopping, taking a dog for a walk or just for visiting friends? Could you take it into a coffee shop or a pub?
I take mine onto bus and rail public transport and this is easy in the UK. I am a bit clumsy so it must be sturdy. I need to be able to carry shopping easily on my scooter. I cannot drive so I never need to put it into a car on my own.
I like the look of this scooter, I think it could be fun to ride. I’m not too sure how well it would suit me. The Travelscoot suits my requirements and needs perfectly. It ticks all my boxes.
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