Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Wheelchair Handrims

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Wheelchair Handrims

    Has anyone had any experience with the Q-Grip coated handrims? They have a anti-slip neoprene coating. Are they for quads? Do you burn your hands while braking like you do with the vinyl coated handrims? I have also heard of foam coated handrims. Does anyone know anything about them? Are they durable?

  • #2
    I think Q Grips are vastly over priced. Mine started ripping the 1st time I misjudged a doorway. One handrim's rubber coating has about 5 patches of gorilla glue holding the rubber on, quite unsightly. They are better for grip than vinyl, far less durable. I like the grip I get from them in wintry conditions when handrims are wet w snow/ice. I would love to know where I could buy the old foam coated pushrims, they had better grip than vinyl, about the same as Q grips, same durability as Q grip, 1/2 the price. Call me paranoid but as soon as the Q grips appeared the old foam at comparatively a bargain price seemed to disappear. If I can't find foam coating anywhere I plan to choose vinyl over Q grips next time.

    Comment


    • #3
      Originally posted by ancientgimp View Post
      I think Q Grips are vastly over priced. Mine started ripping the 1st time I misjudged a doorway. One handrim's rubber coating has about 5 patches of gorilla glue holding the rubber on, quite unsightly. They are better for grip than vinyl, far less durable. I like the grip I get from them in wintry conditions when handrims are wet w snow/ice. I would love to know where I could buy the old foam coated pushrims, they had better grip than vinyl, about the same as Q grips, same durability as Q grip, 1/2 the price. Call me paranoid but as soon as the Q grips appeared the old foam at comparatively a bargain price seemed to disappear. If I can't find foam coating anywhere I plan to choose vinyl over Q grips next time.
      I agree. I had a set and tore them up in less than a year.

      Comment


      • #4
        How about natural fit. I have a friend who is a quad and sprays them every now and then some tacky stuff that lasts quite a while and makes them more have more grip, I'll try and find out the name of the stuff he uses.
        "Life is about how you
        respond to not only the
        challenges you're dealt but
        the challenges you seek...If
        you have no goals, no
        mountains to climb, your
        soul dies".~Liz Fordred

        Comment


        • #5
          That's very helpful, thanks a lot. I was hoping to find something that had a better grip than the vinyl, but didn't burn your hands on braking or get slippery when wet like the vinyl does. But, I need durability. It sounds like you like the foam coated, but they're not durable either.

          Comment


          • #6
            I pretty much push with my palms, I'm a C5 quad. I'm not sure I understand the advantage of the natural fit, but I'm definitely interested in what that tacky stuff is.

            Comment


            • #7
              Thanks, that's what I want to know.

              Comment


              • #8
                I know track athletes use Klister on their hand rims when it rains to keep their hands from slipping off. I am wondering if Curt's friend uses something similar?
                "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by glively View Post
                  That's very helpful, thanks a lot. I was hoping to find something that had a better grip than the vinyl, but didn't burn your hands on braking or get slippery when wet like the vinyl does. But, I need durability. It sounds like you like the foam coated, but they're not durable either.
                  I've found that good gloves are more helpful than fancy handrims.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I may be seeing the guy who uses that sticky spray on his handrims at tennis tonight, I'll let you know. He sprays it on his pushrims for a better grip.
                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I used this: http://www.pushblax.com/blax-hand-ri...sold-in-pairs/
                      It has a good grip, and I use gloves to protect my palms.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Blax. I've run vinyl, foam and now Blax. The best. Least slip when wet, best grip when dry, best durability. They all get hot when downhill braking, but these are still the best.

                        And, for whatever reason, http://vmcrugbychairs.com/Products.aspx?c=24&s=46 actually has better deal on these than the manufacturer.

                        And to anyone considering spraying their already-coated handrims - careful. Some chemicals will eat rubber/foam/vinyl. For wheelchair rugby some guys spray stick-um with some type of solvent in it on their gloves, eats the Blax pushrims.

                        Curious what others have said about Q-grip. My C5 buddy (no triceps or wrist function) takes apart his chair doing car transfers and is rough on his stuff. His Q's are still in one piece after three years of abuse. He loves them.

                        A while back the Blax were not holding up, now the recent (year or so) ones are tough again. Maybe the Q's went through a similar stint of lesser-quality?

                        The problem with any/all coated handrims seems to be how well the coating is bonded to the metal underneath. They're no good if the coating flakes off at the slightest impact. The 2 sets of Blax I have now are great.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I'm not a quad but I have minor grip issues. The natural fits help me because of the wider flat surface against your palm, so I could see that combined with a grippy glove or maybe that spray could be very useful for someone pushing with their palm. My current wheels have the grippy thumb rings with the natural fits, and so I mostly push with my thumb on the grippy ring, and my palms with gloves against the flat part of the natural fit. My first two fingers loosely grip around the ring, but my ring and pinkly fingers don't make a lot of contact with the rim (but do more so than with regular round ones) because my ulnar nerve damage. I use work/gardening type gloves that fit snug and are dipped in a rubbery/grippy stuff on the palm. In the summer, I wear ones that have all the fingers and the thumb cut short. In the winter I usually wear the pairs with the full thumb because it makes it easier to put on and take off my mittens for outdoors. They're really cheap and I have a bunch of pairs so I just rotate to throw them in the wash. I do recommend using high quality scissors to cut off the fingers, the ones I used regular scissors on started to unravel a bit on top without the dip requiring trimming. The ones I used my sewing scissors on stayed together.
                          Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

                          I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I asked my friend tonight what he used on his tennis chair pushrims and it is 3M spray on adhesive, like this http://www.amazon.com/3M-Super-Spray...I%7CB007OXK7EA Spray on and let it dry and the pushrims will be more grippy.
                            "Life is about how you
                            respond to not only the
                            challenges you're dealt but
                            the challenges you seek...If
                            you have no goals, no
                            mountains to climb, your
                            soul dies".~Liz Fordred

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              i'm a C6 quad and had Q grips for 18 months. I like them, mine have held up really well. Much better than foam, vinyl or silicone covers i have tried. Also much smaller diameter than its competitors, which i like. Just ordered a some more to go with my just ordered chair.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X