One of the experiences I most missed when I had to make the transition from crutches to a wheelchair was hiking. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by the natural landscape, whether it’s forest, field or mountainside, far from the noise of cars.
I am a fairly strong person, and I have a good chair, but I quickly found that my equipment was woefully inadequate on any unpaved terrain. I also didn’t have thousands of dollars to plunk down for a purpose-built all-terrain wheelchair, so I started to do some research into alternatives.
One of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to get off the paved path is to install all-terrain rear wheels on your wheelchair. The standard 1 inch wheelchair tire sinks easily into grass and dirt and has a hard time gripping uneven surfaces like gravel. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about different all-terrain tires as well as offer some advice on casters that can complement rear wheels. Continue reading
Wheelchair tires need to be taken care of for maximum reliability. Protect your tires from punctures with the best technology from Kenda whether for the court or everyday use, the Kenda Court Iron Cap Wheelchair Tires are the best choice. Sportaid presents these caps in a full range of sizes ranging from 24″, 25″ 26″, 700 c x 1″ (23-540, 559, 590, 622) Pair. You can choose from different available colors of grey, red blue and yellow for a colorful ride.
Features of the Kenda Court Iron Cap Wheelchair Tires
- The fabulous cap wheels come in a range of sizes, they range from 24″, 25″ 26”, 700c x 1″, you have a wide variety to choose from.
- Add color to your ride by choosing from the different color options that the Iron Cap Wheelchair Tires are available in. They come in red, blue, yellow and grey.
- The Cap wheelchair Tires are non-marking. You will enjoy riding your wheelchair with these tires.
- Kenda Court Iron Cap Wheelchair Tires operated up to pressure of 110 psi.
The choice of your wheelchair wheels will depend on the use of your wheelchair. Whether outdoor or indoor, the terrain and activities you engage in will also determine the type of wheels you choose for your chair.
The smoothness of the ride combined with speed maneuverability and control are all related to the wheelchair tires, casters and wheels. Choosing these components is not an easy task it is advisable to contact an expert such as a therapist or health care professional to help you choose a combination that will meet your lifestyle, maintenance, and affordability needs.
Wheelchair Wheels and Components
Manual wheelchairs have two sets of wheels a pair in front called a caster and a pair at the back called the drive wheels. Power wheelchairs, on the other hand, may have up to three wheels; one caster and two drive wheels. One of the factors you should consider when selecting wheelchair wheels is how heavy they are and the environment which you will be using them. Spoke wheels are usually lighter than mag wheels but they require more maintenance. They are less suitable for moist surfaces. Mag wheels are mostly maintenance free but are affected by extreme temperatures.
Tires can either be pneumatic (air-filled), solid and flat free foam, urethane or rubber filled. Depending on the terrain you wish to use them they may be knobbly or smooth. As a rule of thumb, you should know that tires affect how easily a wheelchair specific rolls over surfaces. The harder the tire, the easier it will be to propel your wheelchair and the softer the tire the harder it becomes to propel your wheelchair. Here are your choices: Continue reading