Standard Manual Wheelchairs
The standard wheelchair category includes the most commonly used manual wheelchair types. Made for adults weighing between 100 and 350 lb., the standard mobility wheelchairs are the primary mobility vehicles for millions of people daily. Manual wheelchairs come in a number of configurations such as reclining wheelchairs or ultra lightweight wheelchairs, however all are distinguished by the two large solid or pneumatic rear wheels that can be turned by way of the handrails. Additionally, standard manual wheelchairs of most any configuration will also carry rear-mounted handles to allow them to be pushed by others. Most models today can fold for storage, and these folding wheelchairs easily fit into a space less than half of their open width.
Despite a general shape and design style that goes back to the days of the wheelchair using President Franklin D. Roosevelt, today's modern materials such as alloys and composites have revolutionized the standard wheelchair. The current manual wheelchair models are much lighter in weight and far easier to operate that the heavier clunkers of the past. There are now ultra lightweight models that weigh less than 30 lb., take down into a very compact unit, and are the perfect mobility device to use when traveling.
Of particular interest are the reclining wheelchairs. For many people there are undeniable benefits to a wheelchair that will permit horizontal adjustments to as much as 180 degrees. Whether for bathing, pain abatement, or just plain relaxing, a fully adjustable reclining wheelchair is a necessity for many mobility wheelchair users.