Buying a wheelchair from Great British Mobility
Great British Mobility carries a large range of wheelchairs, both transit and self-propelled are available.
What’s the difference?
In a folding wheelchair because of the number of joints, and weight of the aluminium steel, a folding wheelchair loses a lot of energy, so it won’t move as far as a rigid wheelchair with a single push.
A titanium sport wheelchair weighs about a third of the weight of a steel folding wheelchair, therefore it will move further with each push. This is an important factor to consider when choosing which wheelchair suits your requirements.
If you plan to propel yourself in the chair using the rims on the wheels, you need to look at self propelled wheelchairs which have large back wheels. These chairs are designed to be used by the passenger, they typically also have handles on the back so that the chair can be pushed when needed. The larger back wheels give an advantage when you need to go up kerbs or other obstacles.
Should you be unable to propel yourself and need to rely on someone else pushing the chair, you are better off having an attendant propelled or transit wheelchair. Transit wheelchairs have smaller wheels which are easier to move for the person pushing. They are even easier to fit into the car boot. If you think you might want to propel yourself even if only rarely you would be better off going for a self propel wheelchair. This gives you the best of both worlds. However, you should consider this against the wider profile of the chair due to the pushrims on the rear wheels.