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The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is a lever-propelled wheelchair that provides unparalleled mobility on rough terrain. Instead of using gears and derailleurs that are likely to break under the conditions faced by developing country users, the user changes gears and achieves a 3:1 change in mechanical advantage by simply moving his hands up and down a set of levers that are connected to the drivetrain.