RACKET SPORTS WHEELCHAIR TW500

Ref: 8766999

FENCING WHEELCHAIR FW500

2023

This wheelchair is conceived to practice fencing and meets the requirements of indoor pistes. It comes in two adjustable sizes (L and XL), if you have any questions concerning how to adjust it, maintain it, repair it and all the spare parts available, you can find everything in this short guide.

First Usage

Find out the preliminary actions to set up your wheelchair correctly.

The wheelchair is shipped with the rear wheels removed. To postion them, hold down the axle button and position the wheel onto the axle, once the wheel is in the correct position, you can release the button.
Always check that the traction wheels are properly locked in place before using the wheelchair, the button should be released.

Before using the wheelchair it is advised that you check the pressure of the tyres, the inflation pressure is written on the sides of the tyre covers.

The fencing sports wheelchair FW500 is shipped with the default setup but it adjusts to multiple users’ needs. Here you can find the how-to guide to help you through all the possible adjustments to set up the wheelchair to the best of your needs.

Adjusting the height of the backrest without or with the extension cords

The backrest can be adjusted between 25 and 39 cm with a 2 cm steps. If necessary you can use the extension set provided.

RACKET SPORTS WHEELCHAIR - Adjusting back rest height

Adjusting seat depth

The FW500 allows the seat depth to be increased from 40 cm to 42 cm by moving the seat plate forward by 2 cm.

1) Unscrew and remove the seat screws
2) Slide the rigid seat forward 2 cm
3) Tighten the screws

See the user manual for step by step illustrated guide

RACKET SPORTS WHEELCHAIR TW500 - Seat depth

Adjusting the tautness of the backrest canvas

The backrest canvas tautness can be adjusted by loosening the straps and pulling them to the desired tension with the user in playing position.

FENCING WHEELCHAIR FW500
Adjusting the distance of the footrest

The distance between the footplate and the seat can be adjusted from 35 cm to 43 cm, with 2 cm steps:

1) Unscrew and remove the screws
2) Position the footplate at the desired height, aligning the holes in the two tubes
3) Re-screw the screws and tighten them

See the user manual for step by step illustrated instructions

RACKET SPORTS WHEELCHAIR - adjusting the footrest

Adjusting handlebar height

The FW500 handle height is adjustable, passing from 22 cm to 25 cm.

See the user manual for step by step illustrated instructions

Adjusting the side of the handlebar

The FW500 ajusts to left handed fencers and right hended fencers. Its initial configuration is ajusted to a right handed fencer (bar on the left side) 

Before changing the position of the handle it is necessary to change the protection rims as well. 

Adjusting the thigh strap

The adjustment of the thigh attachment strap must be made with the athlete sitting position on the wheelchair:

1) Position the strap, making sure that the padding is on top of the thighs.
2) Insert the attachment strap into one of the two upper buckles, taking into account the most comfortable position for the user.

See the user manual for step by step illustrated instructions

Have a problem?

I need to change the tyre or the air chamber of my wheelchair

(unluckily) you found a hole in your tyre or after the routine checks, you found out that your tyres are worn out and you need to replace one or both of them? Don’t worry, here’s a tutorial on how to change your wheelchair tyres:
1. Deflate the tyre
2. Insert a lever between the circle and the shoulder of the tyre, so that when the lever is tilted, the side of the wheel comes out
3. Install another lever 2 cm from the previous point and repeat the operation
4. Slide the two levers around the whole circle to release the entire tyre
5. Remove the air chamber, starting with the side opposite the inflation valve
6. Once the air chamber has been removed, you can easily remove the tyre to replace just one or both.

Aaand you completed the first step now we need to put everything back in place: here’s a tutorial on how to re-assemble the air chamber and tyre:

1. Insert the air chamber inflation valve into the hole intended for this purpose, located on the circle.
2. Around the whole circle, install the tyre,
3. Install the opposite shoulder over the tyre, starting from the point where the valve is, moving around in both directions.
4. Insert the final part of the shoulder with the help of the levers intended for this
5. Inflate the tyre to the pressure indicated on its side.

I need to set up the pelvic strap

No problem! The rim of the FW500 fencing wheelchair is designed to be fitted with a pelvic strap attached directly to the frame. The strap needs to be attached to the back tube of the frame and threaded between the rim and the backrest. 

See the user manual for step by step illustrated instructions. 

How to set uo the pelvic belt on your wheelchair
I need to replace the castors

No problem, in the FW500 basketball wheelchair you can easily replace the castor by yourself by removing 3 screws. After that, you can pull off the inner axle and your castor is ready to go! Further step by step instructions are provided in the user manual.

The wheel axel is too long or too short

If, once the wheel is in place into the frame, the axle button isn't completely released, it might be necessary to extend the usable length of the axle by partially unscrewing the nut on the tip of the axel.
The opposite situation can happen as well: once the wheel is in position there’s some kind of interference between the frame and wheel, you need to reduce the usable length of the axel using the nut on the tip of the axel.

Adjustable tennis wheelchair
I need to addjust or replace the hand grip

The hand grip can be assembled into three different positions to create a larger or smaller distance from the wheel hoop. To access the hand grip attachment screws, you need to remove the cover, the air chamber and the protection rim.

See the user manual for step by step illustrated instructions

And the anti tilt device?

No problem! The FW500 can be fitted with a device to prevent the wheelchair from tipping backwards.

To activate or deactivate it, pull and turn the tube as shown in the user manual.

FENCING WHEELCHAIR FW500
Fencing wheelchair decathlon

General Maintenance

Weekly maintenance
Every week you should perform a couple of basic checks to assure and dilate the lifespan of your wheelchair:
Check the tyre pressure: tyres should be inflated to the pressure indicated on their side.
Clean and oil the quick-release device of the wheels regularly to make sure it won’t jam once you need it.

Tri-monthly maintenance
Once every now and then you should perform a more accurate check on your wheelchair:
Check the wear of the tire, the effectiveness of the front-back bearings and the rotation of the forks.
Lubricate moving parts, like wheels and pull pins, using silicone oil as a lubricant.

General maintenance
Store your wheelchair in a clean and dry place to avoid rusting and corrosion, especially if you store it for a long period.

Cleaning
To properly clean your wheelchair we advise removing the seat and backrest canvas before starting the operations.

Wash the wheelchair with a damp cloth, using warm water and neutral soap to remove dirt or stains and then rinse it with a damp cloth to remove any traces of the detergent. Make sure the wheelchair is completely dry before you store it.

Spare parts and compatible accessories

Need to change one of the parts on your fencing wheelchair?
Here you can find the available spare parts. 

If in doubt or if your looking for a specific piece, contact your local store!

User guide

Here you can download the user guide of the FW500 fencing wheelchair with all the information and detailed instructions for everything you might need. We recommend always reading it through.