I have a condition that over time has, and I gather, will continue to weaken my leg muscles. I have used sticks, crutches and a wheelie, but that doesn’t help with long distances. I am then dependent on friends and family to push me in a wheelchair, which is not always practical, so I often miss out on the outing or walk.
Enough of this…I am only 59 and with an overseas trip to Greece looming, my husband and I went looking for a foldable mobility scooter.
After looking, and trying many that were too heavy or had to be pulled apart, I found my Luggie Elite.
It is red which is most important.. but it is also light enough for me to fit into the boot of my car, light enough for my husband to carry up stairs if need be, easy and quick to fold. It is as easy to pull on the support wheels as pulling a suitcase and the various coach drivers and taxi drivers we encountered, were very impressed, asking lots of questions.
Off we went to Greece, which is known for mountains and lots of steps. A good place to test out Luggie.
It was easy and quick to load into bus holds, plane holds, on and off cruise ships, onto and off ship tenders.
It was narrow enough to fit into small lifts, into any size hotel room or through the narrow cruise ship cabin doorway, the narrow paths of Mykonos, the narrow corridors of the cruise ship, narrow aisles in shops in Rhodes, Crete and the many walkways of Santorini. Luggie got me to top of the Acropolis, around the huge National Archaeological Museum and the Plaka district in Athens, around most of the ancient ruins of Olympia, Knossos on Crete, and down to John’s Grotto on Patmos. It exceeded our expectations and I did more than I thought I would have been able to. Obviously it can’t do steps, so I still need my husband with me when travelling especially so it develops teamwork.
I have a freedom and independence, I thought I would never feel again.
Luggie and I are going to have lots of adventures together.
Pennant Hills, NSW
The Luggie Elite (22.9.14) has flown and sailed all over the world with us without any problems. I have had absolutely no problem booking it onto aircraft except when they want to translate the stated 10.5 ah to Wattage hours (Wh) to check against their limits. We discovered that this is becoming more critical because of regulations concerning carriage of Lithium batteries and airlines require that those batteries for mobility scooters must not exceed 300 Wh for one battery vehicles. ( The actual Wattage of the battery may be calculated by multiplying the Voltage 24V by the wattage, 10.5 Ah in my case). Anyway, the Watt hours of the Luggie battery is specified under the battery and also on the side of the luggie battery box, which is good as the airlines may need to be convinced when you check in. Passengers must carry the battery as carry-on luggage. We found that some airline office staff may not read the Special Assistance ” Mobility Scooter” limit and instead get stuck on the lower maximum limit of 160 Wh allowed for other electrical equipment. We found the Luggie was just great onboard cruise ships, on tour buses (get prior agreement that the 25 Kg is OK – like a heavy suitcase- to be loaded by the driver into the cargo hold due to possible Workplace Health and Safety doubts) and to take on aircraft, provided you get prior clearance – best in an email as proof. We get lots of favourable comments especially on ships and also when the the ease of collapsing and stowing the Luggie scooter is seen. Theo, QLD.
Great chair to travel the world, last year we did the world cruise with Princess, 104 days, Sydney to Sydney. The chair coped with everything we put it through, steep gangplanks, cobblestone streets, hills, grass, trains, buses, taxis and we never got anywhere near running out of battery power. My wife finds it very comfortable to sit in and easy to control.
We would like to thank Portable Mobility, for all their help and kindness, helping us select the right chair for Robert. It has made such a great difference to his lifestyle, having something to get him out and about again. Robert has no difficulty in getting the chair in and out of our car and assembling it.
We have been shopping and were amazed that the chair could go up the moving walkway with Robert in it.
Once again thank you for all your assistance.
As a Post Polio Syndrome sufferer my legs have been getting weaker every year and completely failed me on several occasions. If I have to walk for any distance my legs become very weak, especially if I am tired. I also have a problem with balance.
I am not one to let anything beat me and for the past few years, knowing my legs would only get worse, I have been looking for a suitable mobility scooter. I needed something that was easily transportable and would go anywhere. I also needed to be able to handle it myself.
I had tried two scooters that I thought might work. The first needed ramps to get it in the car and the other was a mobile chair which had to be taken apart into four pieces to transport. Neither of these worked for me.
I looked everywhere to find what I wanted without success until I found an article about the “Luggie” I was excited! My search was over.
The “Luggie” is a lightweight mobility scooter which can be easily folded but best of all I can get in and out of the car easily without assistance. This means I can take my “Luggie” and go anywhere on my own without assistance from anyone. My “Luggie” has given me back my freedom and I love it.
The Luggie is the best scooter that we have bought, my wife finds it so maneuverable especially when shopping in super markets. It folds up so easy to transport, we have taken it on cruises and a five week trip to the UK. My wife finds it comfortable enough to sit on when we go to concerts we would recommend it to anyone.
Sally & Bryan
I purposely looked for a small, compact, foldable scooter, which was also lightweight. The Luggie fits the bill. It can be folded up without removing parts so it all stays together when being transported. Very simple to use, and will fit into very small aisles in shops, turns easily, just about on itself. It has been an excellent purchase, and I would seriously recommend the Luggie to anyone needing a lightweight, compact mobility scooter.
Barbara Gregory, Brisbane
I’ve had my Luggie mobility scooter for about 15 months now and I absolutely love it. I’ve named it Zippy, it’s a red one and everyone knows that red ones go faster! The battery lasts really well and on particularly long days I take the charger and someone will always let me plug it in while I have a meal or a coffee.
Before I got Zippy my life was becoming more and more restricted, I felt like my horizons were shrinking, but Zippy has given me the most marvellous freedom. I feel like I’ve got my life back.
I can easily manage getting it in and out of the car by myself, it not very heavy, but it’s wonderful how often someone will come to help me, I’ve had some lovely encounters that way. I go on trains and ferries into the city to meet friends, I no longer dread going somewhere new or to big places like shopping centres or hospitals because I know I can get around. Last year I went on a cruise to New Zealand and shore excursions were such fun because I was only restricted by steps. The staff on every kind of transport I’ve been on have been so helpful and a lot of other people are friendly and kind instead of just being self absorbed and in a rush.
I did a lot of looking around before I chose the Luggie. The way it folds up, the size, weight and manoeuvrability were major factors in my choice. I then priced them everywhere I could and Steve at Ezy Commuter was the best. As well as that he was so helpful and everything went so smoothly that I am happy to recommend this company.
Tonia Scott, Epping, NSW.
My wife suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). She has a manual wheelchair but finds it difficult at times to get out of the house into the garden, and to go shopping at the Mall or wherever. So she had lost her independence to some extent.
We then discovered through a fellow MND sufferer the Ezy2GO electric wheelchair supplied by Steve O’Connell through Portable Mobility. Steve was most helpful in determining which wheelchair would suit my wife’s weight and size. In two days Steve had arranged delivery with no cost for freight.
I would definitely recommend talking to Steve to work out the best options. The Ezy2GO electric wheelchair can fold in no time to fit into a car boot. And to make it even lighter, you can easily release the back wheels and also the battery (ies). It is the best portable electric wheelchair I have seen on the market. 5 out of 5 for quality service and product!
Paul van Belkom
My new chair is great, didn’t knock over one person on my 1st day out – only on No. 4 speed ……… wait till I am on full speed …. eeeek they will all eat my dust ha ha ha.
My wife just loves her Ezy Commuter. It gives her the freedom of the cycle ways without having to worry about head winds, hills or greater distances and is just delighted with the range of the battery.
Even I tried it the other day when I had to cycle from home to the City and back – about 50k – against a strong head wind coming home where I used power virtually all the way and I still got home with 1-2 bars of battery charge remaining.
Great bike; easy to ride; easy to assemble and fold down. Great choice.
Geoff Roberts – ACT
This short message is to confirm that we are very pleased with Ezy Commuter electric bikes we purchased from you prior to our trip around Australia.
I have used the bikes quite a lot and have not experienced any problems with them thus far.
I am 83 and found no difficulty in using the features of the bike. The power available was more than adequate for quite steep hills in my vicinity, and as an engineer it certainly was of the best quality of any bike I first examined!….
Kevin Knowles Sydney
I thought for years that cycling was out of the question for me until I got this bike. It has given me mobility and an avenue for recreation and exercise I thought was gone from my life since MS affected my leg strength. My bike goes on holidays in the caravan and it fits easily into the boot of my tiny car. I love it. The choice of power assisted pedalling, throttle (great for taking off with my weak legs) or just pedalling like a normal bike has let ride with confidence as I build up strength in my legs. It is comfortable to ride and its good range gives me the security to go for long country rides with my partner.
Gayle J Mackay QLD
September 2011 a friend and I decided we needed to be a little more active as owning some acreage wasn’t enough, and living a little out of town it was too long to walk and taking a car was a waste of petrol.
So we surfed the net and found Ezy Commuter, and these bikes seemed ideal for both our requirements. One must know neither of us had ridden a bike since the age of 14, and we are now in our late 60’s, and that was going to be a challenge in itself, to buying one. After several calls to Steve who must have thought our questions were strange and left field but never- the- less he was always accommodating, we bought one each.
Now some 12 months later I don’t know how we lived without one, mine has travelled in the car to Lake Crackenback and been ridden to Thredbo and back, besides other places. My wife sends me on errands to the shop, I sneak the odd coffee, with its handy basket in the front and having the power to assist up our hills is a godsend. Our 2 bikes are now 6 in our small town so that surely says a lot about them.”
Thank you Steve for you ongoing advise and help, and I would certainly advise everyone to own at least one of them in your family.
Peter (Bermagui NSW)
I received the bike from george and am truly enjoying it. I did not expect such performance. Have not rode a Bike for fifty years.
Great performance, Great looks, Excellent Quality.
Barry Perinoni Howwlong
We are very happy with the purchase of two electric bikes from you.We have a motorhome and travel extensively. When we first thought about purchasing a bike we had a criteria: Must fold up and have it’s own storage bag. Must be light enough to load and unload into our towed vehicle. Must have a sturdy compact reliable battery that will last for a reasonable time. Must be of sturdy construction. Must be reasonably priced.
Your bikes met all our criteria so we purchased two. Since our purchased we will not leave home on any trip without the bikes. As most councils are putting in more and more bike trails it is easy to find a safe, picturesque place to ride. With the different modes available on the bikes hills are no worry to the rider as you can use the bike in full power mode and then continue to pedal at the top of the hill. The battery lasts for many many kilometers using as pedal assist and we recharge overnight so we are always ready to pedal when we want.
Our lifestyle has changed for the better since the purchase of the two bikes. Dianne and I both walked for exercise prior to owning the electric bikes. Since the bikes we now ride daily (when on trips).
These rides are to shops to purchase groceries etc, (great handy baskets on the front of the bikes,) to see relos or simply for the relaxation and exercise of a bike ride. Your happy cyclists.
Dianne and Ron Tobias
I have had my EZ Commuter folding electric bike for about a year now, and have found it not only enjoyable to ride but very handy to do those small shopping trips, saving the expense of using the car. Doesn’t use much storage space when folded, and have not yet expended the full battery charge on my trips, excellent bike.
Carey E Farnham, Cairns Queensland, Retired Counsellor
My name is Lisa, I have had MS for 16 years and the disease has predominantly affected my walking and balance so I have needed to use walkers and wheelchairs for many years. I have had a Luggie for about 2 years and it has been great. I have always wanted to remain as independent as possible and not let the MS slow me down.
The Luggie has given me more freedom and quality of life. Even with my balance difficulties I have come up with ways to get the Luggie in and out of my car by myself. I would highly recommend the Luggie to anyone. It is the most compact and portable scooter that I have seen.
Lisa R, Mitchelton Brisbane
“My husband and I are huge Luggie fans! We purchased our Luggie Elite to facilitate our ability to attend a very special 50 year reunion in the UK. We couldn’t have managed without it and it posed no problems on any flights and made all the difference to our enjoyment of our 6 weeks away in the UK and Queensland.
Our Luggie lives in our car, to be ready to use whenever my husband feels he can’t manage a situation, walking. We charge it in the car, from a power point in our carport. In every way, it really couldn’t be easier and is of huge assistance to our lifestyle!
Angela – Mosman NSW