Brakes for walking frames

It is important to ensure that four wheeled rollator frames have brakes that you can quickly and easily operate, so that you always feel in control. These are the most common types:

Pressure brakes
These are operated by downward pressure on a spring-loaded frame. This causes the motion of the rear wheels to be interrupted when you are leaning on the frame. They may not be suitable for people who cannot push down heavily enough on the frame, or for people who lean heavily on the frame (this will apply the brakes permanently).

Cable brakes
These are similar to bicycle brakes and require a squeeze action to apply them. Use of both hands at the same time is required. Care must be taken when using them as they provide an instant braking action and must be regularly checked and adjusted if needed. Many cable brakes enable you to lock the brakes in the on position so that grip does not have to be continuously maintained. This safety feature is particularly important when using a frame with a built-in seat.

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Advice last checked: 08 October 2014 Next check due: 08 October 2017

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