The Roscoe Knee Scooter was the first model with a drum brake on the rear wheels. Easy to operate and not to require much grip strength, the operator can come to a controlled stop. Once the parking brake is set, the unit is stable allowing the user to remove both hands from the handlebars. This is especially helpful while fixing meals in the kitchen or in the bathroom getting ready for the day. This is one of the best knee scooters I highly recommend for you. Now take a look at what it will offer you through our Roscoe Knee Scooter Review.
The Roscoe meets all the requirements in What to Look for in a Knee Scooter, but it is not perfect. Here is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Stable: The offset knee platform and wide front base make the unit very stable.
- Thick adjustable, comfortable pads: They are soft enough to be comfortable yet sturdy enough to be supportive. The cupped knee pads evenly distribute the pressure over the knee. Just as important they can be adjusted, especially important if the user has a cast, bandage or boot.
- Lightweight: While large enough to be stable it weights only 22 lbs and folds small for transport or storage
- Drum Brakes: Provide for a controlled and confident stop with minimum hand strength
- Large 8″ Wheels: can go over cracks or through carpeting
- Carries up to 350 lbs – accommodates users 4’10” to 6’4″
- No Tools Required to Adjust
Has a Removable Basket: When you need to get closer such as in the kitchen or bathroom you can easily remove the basket.
- Not ready out of the box: Most suppliers drop ship the units directly from the manufacturer. This means when it arrives you have work to do. Cutting off zip ties (can’t be done with scissors) assembling and adjusting the brakes, so they work.
- Customer Service and help: Besides the initial set up, the brakes routinely need to be adjusted to operate correctly. On some units, the rear axles were bent causing the back wheels to wobble. Others had the neck assembly is so tight it doesn’t turn. While most of these are minor adjustments if you have the correct tools and knowledge, many users end up getting a deal online, only to have to take it to a local bike shop to get tuned up for use.
Based on health care providers the Roscoe Knee Scooter Passes all of our key safety areas:
- Turns: YES
- Offset Knee Platform: YES
- Large Wheels: YES
- On the comfort and ease of use, it does just as well
- Thick Adjustable Knee Pads: YES
- Basket: YES
- Folds Small: YES
- Tool-less Adjustment: YES
If you are a shade tree mechanic or are lucky enough to know one, buying the Roscoe Knee Scooter might be a good option. A bike mechanic is another person who could make it work straight out of the box. If not, avoid buying online and find a local supplier that will set it up and ensure it is working correctly before you take it home and count on it for your safe recovery.
Sure you can find them online cheap, but remember if it is not set up correctly you may be compromising your safety and recovery. Suddenly crutches don’t look so bad.