* This post is not sponsored, meaning all opinions are my own and no one has paid AYL to share this. *
After spending a lot of time and money modifying my manual Quickie Wheelchair, including switching to Frogs Legs Carbotecture Forks; the vibrations radiating through my frame continued to cause pain and discomfort. So I began exploring alternative solutions to maximise my comfort levels, which was when I first discovered Loopwheels!
The concept is fantastic - instead of using standard wheel spokes, the looped design initiates a self-correcting system. Meanwhile, the spring system between the hub and rim of the wheel constantly adjusts. In simple terms, the floating wheel hub counteracts any shocks caused by uneven surface hitting the rim of the wheel. Cushioning the user from bumps and reducing vibration.
Despite this, I was still hesitant about spending so much money. But after meeting someone who had been using Loopwheels for many years, I was advised to check out to the ‘try before you buy scheme’. An opportunity that instantly caught my attention, as it can be really hard to assess if a piece of equipment meets your individual needs based on a brief test drive or professional sales pitch. Instead, users need to assess whether a device fits into their daily routine, if it makes certain activities easier and if it improves their quality of life. So thank you Loopwheels for offering such a fantastic service!
1 - Go to the Loopwheels website.
2 - Scroll down and click on the ‘try before you buy’ button.
3 - Read the trial rules before committing.
4 - Select your chosen rim size, push rim offset, logo colour, push rim type, tyres and payment type.
5 - Proceed to checkout and enter account information, you initially only pay £20 to cover delivery costs.
6 - The wheels are yours to try for 21 days!
Upon ordering, my package was delivered within a few days. Using recyclable materials, it was easy to open yet protective enough to survive any manhandling. Information on attaching the wheels to different frames was also included.
Both wheels were in excellent condition and even came in the colour purple! You don’t get to choose the colour of the loaner wheels, so this was a pleasant surprise. However, you do have the option to customise your forever wheels, which is a stark contrast to other medical devices that are only available in black or beige!
It was also hugely beneficial to have the wheels for an extended period, as it allows you to test them in various environments and over different terrains. For example, I trialled them at home, over various outdoor terrains; in hospital, and even at a theme park where I encountered a wide variety of surfaces, transportation and activities. Providing a great opportunity for both my carer and I to see how much of a difference the wheels really made!
Before your trial ends, you need to decide how you want to proceed with your order. I loved every moment of testing these wheels; so much so, that I dreaded switching back to my standard Spinergy Wheels. I could now comfortably spend more time in my wheelchair, without as many vibrations radiating up into my seat cushion, backrest or handlebars. Making it feel as if my chair now glides along, as opposed to rolls. I genuinely never expected the wheels to be as good as the reviews made out, so I hadn’t considered how I would pay for them. But I knew I had to find a way to continue experiencing such benefits, so arranged to pay via monthly instalments.
Should you decide that Loopwheels aren't for you, simply log into your account and cancel your payment plan - it's that simple! The company will then contact you about collecting the trial wheels, without questioning your decision. An appreciated level of curtsey for anyone wanting to terminate their order, because there is nothing worse than feeling as if you have to justify your decision!
The whole experience was of a high standard and the customer service was excellent. The Loopwheels team were always happy to help and considerate of my needs. So I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a way to make their wheelchair more comfortable!