logowcotr Wheelchairs need to know by Wheelchairs on the Run


Wheelchairs on the Run stocks an extensive range of WHEELCHAIRS for every need. Have a look at what we have to offer on our website, or contact us for any assistance you might require.

We not only stock new wheelchairs we also extended our services to accommodate the sale of secondhand wheelchairs and mobility scooters . 

Wheelchairs on the Run also stocks a wide variety of wheelchair and mobility scooter spare parts, both new and second hand. Feel free to contact our spares and repair department for more details or to place an order.

What is a Wheelchair and what should I know before buying one.

Manual Wheelchairs

Manual or self-propelled wheelchairs are propelled by the occupant, usually by turning the large rear wheels, from 20-24 inches (51–61 cm)in average diameter, and resembling bicycle wheels. The user moves the chair by pushing on the handrims, which are made of circular tubing attached to the outside of the large wheels. The handrims have a diameter that is slightly less than that of the rear wheels. Skilled users can control speed and turning and often learn to balance the chair on its rear wheels — do a wheelie. The wheelie is not just for show — a rider who can control the chair in this manner can climb and descend curbs and move over small obstacles.

Foot propulsion of the wheelchair by the occupant is also common for patients who have limited hand movement capabilities or simply do not wish to use their hands for propulsion. Foot propulsion also allows patients to exercise their legs to increase blood flow and limit further disability.

One-arm drive enables a user to guide and propel a wheelchair from one side. Two handrims, one smaller than the other, are located on one side of the chair, left or right. On most models the outer, or smaller rim, is connected to the opposite wheel by a folding axle. When both handrims are grasped together, the chair may be propelled forward or backward in a straight line. When either handrim is moved independently, the chair will turn left or right in response to the handrim used. Some chairs are also configured to allow the occupant to propel using one or both feet instead of using the rims.

Light weight and high cost are related in the manual wheelchairs market. At the low-cost end, heavy, tubular steel chairs with sling seats and little adaptability dominate. Users may be temporarily disabled, or using such a chair as a loaner, or simply unable to afford better. Heavy unmodified manual chairs are common as “loaners” at large facilities such as airports, amusement parks and shopping centers. In a higher price range, and more commonly used by persons with long-term disabilities, are major manufacturer lightweight chairs with more options. The high end of the market contains ultra-light models, extensive seating options and accessories, all-terrain features, and so forth. Reclining wheelchairs have handbrake-like controls attached to the push handles or posts supporting the backrest which, when pressed by the caregiver, allow the backrest to recline from is normal upright position (at 90 degrees) to varying angles up to 180 degrees.

What we at Wheelchairs on the Run need to ensure that your wheelchairs is just right for You.

  1. What do our client need it for, the use.
  2. The age of the client.
  3. The weight of the client.
  4. Price range.

With the above mentioned information Wheelchairs on the Run can make an accurate recommendation on what  manual wheelchair will work for our client.

We strive to ensure our customers are well advised before making a purchase on our wheelchairs and all other products we stock.

Customer service is our number one priority.

Please brows our Website for more info or contact us for expert advice and service.



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