Wheelchair Tires

Pneumatic Wheelchair Tires or Tubes (more commonly known as bicycle tubes) require proper inflation and frequent monitoring. Your local bike shop may be able to assist with changing or repairing your tires for less than your medical supply store. It is a good idea to replace it when the tread becomes worn.

Puncture proof inserts are generally heavier than pneumatic inserts and can add 2-4 lbs. of additional weight to your wheelchair. This difference may not sound like much however, when propelling or transporting the wheelchair it can make a big difference in independent mobility.

Solid plastic wheels do not have inserts and are less expensive. The downside is decreased comfort and performance, and can be easily damaged. They are designed mainly for indoor use and can be seen in hospitals and many nursing homes.

Urethane tires do not leave a mark on any floor surface like black rubber does and come in a variety of colors. Dirt doesn't stick to them so tracking indoors from outdoors makes it a good choice. They are harder to install, but stay on the rim better. There are tools available to make the job easier.

Casters come in a variety of sizes and can be pneumatic or solid. Suspension casters place a shock absorber where most vibrations and jolts occur and have been known to absorb up to 76% of the jolts and vibrations.

Indoor use generally requires a wheel that is skinny and has smooth light tread for easier mobility. Wider tires with knobs or tread provide better traction for outdoor use.

Learn more about out how handrims can decrease risk of repetitive injury.



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