We recently saw a very unusual wheelchair online whilst researching new products with a view to increasing our inventory of wheelchair accessories. Why did the model we saw catch our eye ? it was the wheels, which looked like no other wheelchair wheels we have seen.
Known as loop wheels, they are significantly different to the traditional spoked or mag models and instead have three loops of highly flexible composite attaching the central hub with the outer rim.
Designed to 'help you push over uneven streets, cobbles, grass, rough tracks and gravel paths, with less effort' as they say on their web site, they refer to the loops as composite springs. There are videos to be seen which are impresive and show just how much suspension effect they provide when the wheelchair drops off a kerb stone or moves over cobbles. As well as effective suspension they offer vibration absorption also, helping to improve the ride of any self propelled or manual wheelchair.
Although these wheels are available they are in their early days having only started production last year in 2015. Made in Nottinghamshire in the UK, these wheels are available for a number of different applications including bicycles, mountain bikes and of course wheelchairs.
We will be looking in to selling these in the near future but in the meanwhile if you want to learn more then please visit the loopwheels web site to see how they may improve your indenpendance in your wheelchair.