Brentwood, Tenn. – Numotion has announced a new partnership with RibGrips to make the product available on their online Innovative Lifestyle Products catalog. American-made and designed by a quadriplegic veteran, these wheelchair handrims feature soft rib discs that offer 360-degrees of gripping surface molded over aluminum handrings that attach to most standard wheels. The patent-pending design provides users with easier range of motion thanks to a better grip. This prevents calluses and the need to wear gloves, while also providing users more revolutions per push.
“We created the Numotion online catalog, to offer our customers a wider array of products that can enhance their lifestyle and increase their mobility,” said Mike Swinford, CEO, Numotion. “RibGrips are a well-researched accessory for manual wheelchair users, we hope that adding them to our store will increase awareness and access to this innovative product.”
RibGrips are made from a unique proprietary thermal plastic material that is surprisingly soft and extremely resistant to tearing, peeling or separation due to strikes from sharp objects. They also require less pressure when slowing and breaking, providing relief to the user’s hand surface.
“After years of cycling through various vinyl and rubber coated handrims, I developed chronic calluses and shoulder pain. I knew there had to be a smarter and more comfortable way to propel my chair,” said Brandon Handel, designer and cofounder of RibGrips. “With great innovation in recreational devices for people with use of all four limbs, my partner Jacob Barber and I set out to design a solution for the problems we were encountering. The result was a handrim product that offered a mechanical advantage through geometry, but also utilized a material that was soft and durable to ‘grab you back,’ without leaving a sticky residue on your hands. After five years of testing materials and perfecting the design, we are excited to share RibGrips with the world this year.”
RibGrips fit most standard 24” handrims, and conversion hardware is available for those with 25” rims. They are a quarter-inch wider in diameter than traditional rubber coated handrims, maximizing gripping surface and ergonomic feel while still allowing users to fit through standard size doorways.
Colors available include Galactic Black, Hero Blue, Hot Pink and Racer Red. They are available for $259.99 per set.
Numotion is the nation’s premier mobility equipment and services provider for people with disabilities, specifically for those who need Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). With locations in nearly every state, Numotion serves 250,000 customers annually with the technical and clinical expertise needed to assist in helping people with disabilities become active and independent members of their community
Numotion is the nation’s leading provider of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), improving the lives of people with disabilities by enabling them to actively participate in everyday life. CRT is medically necessary, individually configured mobility products and services, including manual and power wheelchairs, designed to meet the unique medical and functional needs of individuals with significant disabilities and medical conditions to provide them with greater independence. Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Numotion has 120 locations across the country, and serves more than 250,000 people annually. For more information, visit www.numotion.com.