Hi, I'm looking for some advice for getting... well, not a bike, exactly. More like a balance bike, for my sister.
She's 49 years old, weighs a around 94 pounds, and is 4' 10" tall with a 26" inseam. She's had a number of health problems over the years. At the moment, she needs to have her left hip replaced, due to arthritis and has equilibrium problems. (she had her right hip replaced about 10 years ago). In the last two months, using her walker has become very hard for her, because of the problems with her left hip.
What we are looking for is a means by which she can get around on her own, yet sit and rest her left leg on some part of the bike. I've looked at a number of kid's balance bikes, because of the smaller wheels. Unfortunately, most of them are so small from stem to stern that, even if it's possible to raise the seat and handle bars, then add some kind of balancing wheel and something to rest her left foot on, it would be difficult for her to use it.
Or at least, we THINK that might be the case; the photos of the bikes I've looked at just don't give enough sense of things for me to get a real picture, and buying several bikes, only to have to send them back would be problematic, financially speaking.
Can anyone give us some advice on finding and adapting a small bike to suit my sister's needs? Mostly, we'd like to find something that, if need be, we can put smaller wheels on, so she'd be able to, say, use the bike/scooter in a store and around her apartment without too much trouble, using only her right leg as her motive power. We're talking about doing some pretty serious adaptation, ideally for a relatively low price, since she's on a fixed income.
Okay, I hope this made sense, and that someone can help us out. Walking has become very painful for my sister, but she's adamant (as are we) that she doesn't want to go to using a wheelchair if at all possible, even on a temporary basis. Please ask any questions that might help clarify what I'm trying to describe, and thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.