6 Advantages of the GRIT Freedom Chair Over Handcycles

At GRIT, we understand that not every kind of equipment is right for every person. We also understand, though, that a main consideration of investing in adaptive recreational equipment is how versatile it can be. You want to make sure your investment is worthwhile. We take pride in offering the most versatile all-terrain wheelchair on the market today. Read on to learn how the GRIT Freedom Chair compares to another common adaptive recreational device: The handcycle.


TRANSPORTING

Perhaps the most important aspect to consider when looking into acquiring adaptive recreational equipment is how you will bring it from place to place. After all, how much use would anyone get out of equipment they can’t transport? Most handcycles on the market are large, 3- or 4-wheeled devices that don't break down very well. In order to transport them, you often need a trailer or specialty rack and an appropriate vehicle to accommodate such equipment.

On the other hand, the GRIT Freedom Chair can be transported—fully assembled—in certain vehicles, with no need for a trailer or rack. It can also break down quickly, allowing riders to fit it into cars with compact trunks. When the GRIT Freedom Chair is fully disassembled, the largest piece you'd have to move is only 25 pounds! This thoughtfully engineered design allows more individuals to get themselves and their equipment to their activity destination without extra expense or lifestyle changes.

Transporting the fully assembled GRIT Freedom Chair in a Chevy Tahoe.

  Transporting the disassembled GRIT Freedom Chair in the trunk of a hatchback.

Transporting the disassembled GRIT Freedom Chair in the trunk of a hatchback.

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EASE OF TRANSFERRING

Another consideration to be made is how will you get into the equipment? Every rider’s physical abilities are different, so it's important to evaluate your own needs and whether or not you may need help getting in and out. Handcycle frames often put the rider in a low, recumbent position with the legs strapped into holders on either side of the drivetrain. For many, this is a challenging position to get in and out of independently. Thankfully, the GRIT Freedom Chair is almost exactly like transferring into a standard wheelchair. This allows you the, well, freedom to go on more solo adventures!

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ALL-TERRAIN USE

Handcycles come in a variety of styles, but are often meant for a specific kind of terrain. The road hand cycles don’t have the ground clearance to tackle off-road obstacles, and the off-road hand cycles may be too bulky and have too much rolling resistance to comfortably cover significant distances on a paved bike path.

The GRIT Freedom Chair's design allows for multiple wheel sets that you can change out quickly with the push of a button. This means that, instead of taking multiple pieces of large equipment with you on an excursion, you just need the one chair. Whether your adventures have you tackling a bike trail, mountain path, or a bit of both, you can be ready.

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TURNING RADIUS

No matter where you’re going, you’ll almost inevitably find yourself in a situation where you need to turn around. While it is possible to turn around in a handcycle, they have an extremely large turning radius. When navigating in a hand cycle, you’ll often need to make multi-point turns; some trails are so narrow, even that is no longer an option.

With the GRIT Freedom Chair, your turning radius is almost as tight as a standard wheelchair. With the levers removed, your turning radius decreases even further. Quick and tight turns are a complete breeze.

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INDOOR USABILITY

Want to go on a ride and get a drink or meal at your turnaround point? How about taking the back road to a nearby shop for an errand? Well, then the Freedom Chair is definitely for you! With the levers removed, it can easily maneuver in all ADA-accessible spaces. The chair collapses so easily, you can even ride out until you get tired and catch the bus or taxi home.

  The GRIT Freedom Chair can fit into most ADA-approved campsite and trail bathrooms.

The GRIT Freedom Chair can fit into most ADA-approved campsite and trail bathrooms.

  The GRIT Freedom Chair gives you the stability to navigate the urban jungle and is compact enough to allow you to get indoors and run your errands.

The GRIT Freedom Chair gives you the stability to navigate the urban jungle and is compact enough to allow you to get indoors and run your errands.

Unfortunately, a traditional handcycle is not as versatile. Hopefully, you won’t need to use the bathroom while you are out because you sure won’t be fitting in the stall!

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AFFORDABILITY

Because adaptive athletic technology still has a long way to go until it is manufactured in mass quantities like bicycles, the cost is often prohibitive for individuals in need of the equipment. The average price of a handcycle can start around $5000 and go up from there, depending on the needs of each individual rider. Adaptive equipment grants can help offset the cost, but many have a maximum award amount that may only cover up to half the cost of a handcycle.

On the other hand, the GRIT Freedom Chair starts at $2995 and comes with everything the average rider needs to start hitting the trails. This allows you, the rider, to get together the funding you need much sooner. We stand apart from other adaptive equipment companies because we help you find a solution for funding your GRIT Freedom Chair.

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