Table 2.11Aim: to make it easier to transport the wheelchair

AdvantagesDisadvantages
By reducing the weight of the wheelchair
  • Greater convenient for the user and family members/caregivers.
  • Greater mobility and productivity.
  • Reduced durability.
By using folding mechanisms built into the frame (i.e. cross-folding frame, folding backrest) to make the wheelchair more compact for transporting
  • Makes the wheelchair easier to carry and transport.
  • Makes the wheelchair comparatively heavier.
By having components (i.e. wheels, footrests, armrests) removable to help reduce the overall weight and size for lifting, transport and storage
  • Reduced weight and volume.
  • Makes the wheelchair easier to carry and transport.
  • Removable parts can get lost, bent or broken.
  • Standard push-button quick-release axles are not available everywhere and are expensive compared to fixed axles.
  • Standard push-button quick-release axles have a shorter life where conditions of use are rough, whereby sand, dust and moisture can cause the locking mechanism to seize. This can allow the axle to slip out of the axle socket and the wheel to fall off the wheelchair.
Other factors
  • Wheel camber increases the folded width of the wheelchair.
  • More stable wheelchairs with long frames are more difficult to transport.
  • Spiked or knobbly “mountain bike” style tyres tend to collect more mud and soil than smooth tyres, which may reduce cooperation from taxi drivers and bus passengers.

From: 2, DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

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Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings.
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