How to do a Handcycle Transfer

by Kellie Standish
OAS Staff

Transfers can be the most daunting part of using a handcycle. One look at a fleet of handcycle options and you may be thinking that it isn’t the sport for you. Each athlete and cycle is unique so rather than telling you how to transfer, we thought we would have some athletes we’ve had the pleasure of working with share their transfers. Finding a solution that allows maximum independence takes lots of practice, trial and error – so keep trying and know that it takes some time to dial.

Transfer Tips

  1. Setup is key, make a plan before
  2. Make sure all the brakes are on
  3. One leg first (our personal preference, everyone is different)
  4. Practice

How to with Joe Stone

Our friend Joe Stone, Adaptive Athlete and Public Speaker, made a video to share how he has learned to independently transfer on and off a Top End Force RX independently as an incomplete c7 quadriplegic and below are some submissions from other OAS athletes about how they transfer into their handcycle with their injury level.

Joe Stone
Missoula, Montana
SCI: Incomplete quadriplegia at C7


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Ashley Schahfer
Bend, Oregon
SCI: Complete paraplegia at T12
Cycle: Lasher ATH ORHC

Anna Soens
Bend, Oregon
SCI: Incomplete paraplegia at T12
Cycle: Road handcycle

Danielle Watson
Tacoma, Washington
SCI: Complete paraplegia at T4/T6
Cycle: Road handcycle

Joanna Adams
Portland, Oregon
SCI: Complete paraplegia
Cycle: Road handcycle

Josh Hancock
Bend, Oregon
SCI: Complete paraplegia at T12
Cycle: Reactive Adaptations Hammerhead