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    Well my physical therapist and I are on trying to figure out what type of manual chair would be best for me. This is my first manual (in power right now) and we met with a guy where I have been getting equipment from. He had suggested a quickie gt. Here are the general specs we have come up with.

    rigid frame

    fold down back w/rigidizer 10"H

    no arms

    seat 14"w 12"d

    1" dump

    26" wheels

    3-6 degree camber (camber tube that will be placed at 3 degree and can turned around to make a 6 degree camber)

    85 degree front end

    wide casters

    cushion I am getting (for now) liberty vicair

    So now I would like some input as to how well this chair rolls and I know a lot of you have tilite chairs. What are the difference's between the 2 chairs? I'm working with a pt who does not usually fit people for chairs so she is going by what this guy is saying and what I tell her. I personally would like to get a tilite. I need some good reasons though to want to get that kind.

    I agree with the specs above just not sure on caster width. The guy had said wide casters so I don't sink in grass, mud, gravel, etc. easily.

    i want a light weight compact chair. Something that's not going to be a hassle loading and unloading into a car or van. Something I can travel with easily. I am also paying out of pocket since insurance already got me a power chair a little over a year ago when I was first injured. So it could take a while to get it. What are some other things I need/should consider? Any advice would be great! Thanks


  • #2
    I would say to go with Frogs Legs Soft Roll casters on front (1.5" width). Then make sure to keep the front end light (able to pop a wheelie easily) and you should be able to get through almost anything.
    As for the TiLite vs. Quickie, you already know my thoughts
    SCI as a result of spinal surgery
    TiLite Aero Z!!!


    • #3

      I must qualify my response by saying that while I am quite familiar with the seating/wheeled mobility needs of veterans with SCI (the majority of which are males between 5'8" and 6'2" tall), I have no clinical experience with anyone who has the same issues as you. That being said, I will say that you need to get input from someone other than your DME as I can see significant problems with his rationale. These include:

      - 26" Wheels. Larger diameter wheels require more torque to get rolling, and when you consider that the radius of the wheel exceeds your seat depth, there would seem to be some fairly obvious problems. I would think 20 or 22" wheels would be more efficient.

      - You made no mention of front and rear STF heights. Since these will relate to your ability to function in the chair, transfer in/out of it, and efficiently self-propel, they are critical dimensions dimensions that would have an effect on almost every other aspect of the chair's configuration.

      - There is no reversible camber insert to flip around on the Quickie GT.

      - I don't think caster width and getting stuck would be much of an issue since I suspect you don't weigh much. If you did go with a wider caster, a 3x1.5" aluminum soft roll would be the best choice.

      You need something that has a lot of adjustability to figure out the best combination.

      While they call them "children's chairs", a couple of models from Colours look like they could accommodate your dimensions, provide significant adjustability, and be aesthetically appealing.

      The Colour's Little Dipper looks to be an small version of the Eclipse (actually the Eclipse might work with the footrest on the blue chair pictured below)...

      and "The Chump" looks to be a smaller version of the "Spazz"...

      Personally, I wasn't offended when I heard they had a model called the "Spazz", but their marketing department should seriously take a look at their product names. Why would any parent want to put their child in a chair called "The Chump"?

      If you can identify one, I would think a seating specialist with experience doing chairs for children and adults with spina bifida might be a good resource.

      Good luck.
      Last edited by SCI_OTR; 08-16-2009, 09:52 PM.


      • #4
        Mandy Not sure if I would be able to pop wheelies very easily but that's something I would have to find out! Thanks!!

        Thanks for your response SCI OTR. my STF in the front is about 19 1/2 without cushion. The reason for larger wheels is so I will be able to reach them more easily (i think.) The reason why I don't want to go with a pediatrics chair is because I don't want sit lower then the average chair. So that's why I was going for adult height chairs.

        About the reversible camber tube for the Quickie I wonder why the guy said that was an option? I'll have to find out about that.


        • #5
          It looks like a Quickie GT might be able to be built to those specs, but it would take a great deal of effort to push and placement of wheel locks would be difficult. 14x12 with an 85 degree classic frame and 26 inch wheels did make it through the online configurator I am able to access. I guess my question would be what is the functional reason for not wanting to sit a little lower? It seems the balance of trade off's would be how easily you are able to get around versus what you can reach while using the chair.


          • #6
            my power chair is at 19 1/2 STF without cushion and i have to tilt up still to get table height so if i was sitting lower in a manual then I'd definitely be too low for most tables