As with many useful implements, the required size of the product is dependent on the size of the person. Take, for example, a bicycle, tennis racket or a golf stick. There has to be optimum compatibility between the size of the product and the size of the person to ensure the best use. This is also true of wheelchairs and therefore the size of their wheels.
Wrong wheel size
In most shops, the standard recommendation for the rear wheels of a wheelchair is 24 inches, which is why 98% of wheelchair users has a wheelchair with 24-inch wheels. This is quite strange since there are substantial differences in the lengths of people buying wheelchairs. Too large or too small rear wheels can lead to various physical symptoms, such as painful hands, arms and shoulders or muscle cramps in the torso. You can often achieve remarkable improvements with a different wheel size.
How do you know which wheel size you need?
Can you reach the axis of your rear wheel with your fingertips? If so, according to the rule of thumb, there is sufficient overlap between your body and the hoop. This will guarantee sufficient hoop range, good power handling and will keep your arms and shoulders healthy.
When the wheel size is compatible with your body, it means that you have to make fewer strokes to move forward. Fewer strokes means less burden on your wrists, arms and shoulders. Your movements become calmer and your stroke technique will be more efficient.