A handbike is an add-on that can be attached to the front of your wheelchair, lifting the front castors off the ground to help with challenging terrain, whilst providing an easy power boost. They are designed for wheelchair users to provide additional independence and freedom to go further and faster with ease.
At Wheelfreedom, we have a vast range of Handbikes available for active wheelchairs, many of which are available at our flagship showroom to try before you buy.
Different Types of Wheelchair Handbikes
There are different types of wheelchair handbikes, including Powered, hybrid and manual handbikes. Generally speaking, powered handbikes are the most popular choice for customers for their ease of use and ability to travel a lot faster. They are extremely convenient which explains why they are the most common type of handbike available on the market.
Powered handbikes are the most popular choice. These are motor powered through a lithium ion battery for effortless driving. This is operated through an acceleration mechanism which is usually located on the handbike handles, similar to a motorcycle. We stock many powered wheelchair handbikes from several popular and trusted brands. Our best selling powered handbike is Triride's Special Compact HT.
Manual handbikes are manually operated to get to places faster. These are most suitable for those who wish to continue exercising with the option to go on longer trips without the need of conventional self-propelling. Instead, you will use your hands an arms to pedal yourself further. An example of a manual handbike that we stock is Triride's Manual Tribike which is lightweight, compact and easy to handle.
Hybrid handbikes provide powered assistance to manual operation. This allows you to receive the health benefits of manual cycling without the risk of feeling fatigued, giving you an extra push. Hybrid handbikes are particularly useful for driving on an incline so you don't have to do all of the work. Our most popular hybrid handbike is Triride's Hybrid Tribike which has assistive pedalling to help you get further.