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    Hi everyone,

    New here...hoping to get some feedback on what size caster wheels people like. Daughter (older teen) has 3 inch wheels on her chair right now but I've heard some discussion that larger wheels might give her a smoother ride or make it easier with things like uneven sidewalks and such.

    I know that putting bigger wheels on will change the front seat height, but the seat heights on her chair is adjustable so I'm not worried about that.

    Thanks,
    Mary

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    Hi Mary, Welcome. I use the 5x1.5" softrolls on my chair. I live in a rural area so gravel and rocks can pose a risk when wheeling. A lot of folks use the 4x2.5".. Where does your daughter wheel most?

    Three inch wheels are mostly used for sports or indoor use. I suggest either a 4" or 5" x 1.5. the billet softroll seems to be the wheel of choice.

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      #3
      I've been on 4" wheels for years. With my new chair (getting an Icon) I am thinking of trying the new 4x1.4" wheels/tires. Very small casters seem to be good for getting up over things, like curbcliming but as I see it larger casters do better with the things you mentioned. Good luck :-)

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        #4
        Mine are 4x1.5 soft rolls...so are my husband's. We love them as they are able to minimize the everyday things we roll over and it keeps the spasms associated with running over said things at a minimum.
        "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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          #5
          i use 4x1.5 soft roll works pretty good indoors and outdoors

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mary978 View Post
            Hi everyone,

            New here...hoping to get some feedback on what size caster wheels people like. Daughter (older teen) has 3 inch wheels on her chair right now but I've heard some discussion that larger wheels might give her a smoother ride or make it easier with things like uneven sidewalks and such.

            I know that putting bigger wheels on will change the front seat height, but the seat heights on her chair is adjustable so I'm not worried about that.

            Thanks,
            Mary


            Like most people have said thus far, the Froglegs 4x1.4 (aka 4x1.5) caster with aluminum hub is probably the most popular, for good reason. The 5x1.4 is a great choice, too.


            Going from 3" to 4" will lift the front end by .5". There may be an alternate hole in the fork assembly for you to use for mounting a larger caster without changing the front height. There may even be enough alternate mounting holes in the forks to allow an easy shift from 3" to 5" casters. My Quickie GT has 3 holes, one for 3, 4 and 5" casters, respectively.


            I'd try 4x1.4 Froglegs on her chair, aluminum hub.
            "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

            "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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              #7
              Having had my head in the sand through the years and not keeping up with chairs, I continued to use 8" casters as I did from the day I came from rehab in '82, until 2 years ago when I got with the times; I now have the aforementioned 4 x 1.5 inch Frog Leg casters that others have mentioned. As one would expect, the 8" (pneumatic) casters went through stuff much better than the 4", but being older now this is a small percentage of my time.

              Being that your daughter is a teen, I would consider getting casters as big as you can.

              My next chair I plan to get 5" casters and see how I like them.
              C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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                #8
                I know the newish and trendy caster size is getting smaller and smaller (complete with flashing lights even!) but I still prefer the larger ones too. On my manual chair I have six inch diameter now and I would not want to go any smaller than that. The eight inch are even better, not getting stuck in sidewalk cracks, grates, and elevator lips.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Mary978 View Post
                  I've heard some discussion that larger wheels might give her a smoother ride or make it easier with things like uneven sidewalks and such.
                  Mary
                  That`s right, specially if they are softroll casters by froglegs, if she`s using now 3 go for 4x1.4" or 5x1.5".

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                    #10
                    I started with 3" wheels because I thought they were cool and trendy and I'm vain. I am now happily (and much more functionally and practically) running 5x1s. They aren't big enough to get in the way, but they go happily over little bumps and cracks that would stop 3" casters dead.

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                      #11
                      I really appreciate all the fabulous tips! Sounds like a lot of people are using 4" or 5" these days.

                      Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                      Hi Mary, Welcome. I use the 5x1.5" softrolls on my chair. I live in a rural area so gravel and rocks can pose a risk when wheeling. A lot of folks use the 4x2.5".. Where does your daughter wheel most?

                      Three inch wheels are mostly used for sports or indoor use. I suggest either a 4" or 5" x 1.5. the billet softroll seems to be the wheel of choice.
                      She used to go between home, school, and some outings here and there. But now she's in college so she's outside a lot more. Mostly urban type terrain...sidewalks, public transit, etc.



                      Mary

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                        #12
                        On my Quickie chairs, I used the 8"x1" all black Plastic caster with poly tire.

                        However, I decided to get a little creative when I switched to TiLite. I volunteer at a Spina Bifida summer camp in Brenham, TX and at night it gets VERY dark. I had to come up with a solution to my current problem of trying to navigate HILLS and staying on the sidewalks, while holding a flash light. I had seen several friends whose manual chairs had the 3" and 4" light up microcasters. I told my vendor about this and they knew exactly what I wanted on my Evo. I took the chair back to camp TWICE and by the end of the week both times, I had people ASKING ME where I got the wheels. I just had my 4" casters (that I did not order) on my new ZRA2 replaced with the light up microcasters yesterday, that I did order. I think it was a simple miscommunication error but I am back at home with my light up microcasters.
                        Last edited by EricaBold9780; 9 Dec 2011, 8:41 PM.

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                          #13
                          Based on your description of where your daughter uses her chair, you might be interested in getting a FreeWheel for her. Then, she could use it outside and have whatever size of casters she likes best when indoors.

                          http://www.gofreewheel.com/default.asp

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                            #14
                            I will chime in. I wheel around downtown SF and use 5x1 wheels and am about to change to 5x1.25 wheels. They have saved my ass a couple times with trolley tracks and nasty curb cutouts.

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                              [QUOTE=Mary978;1460560]I really appreciate all the fabulous tips! Sounds like a lot of people are using 4" or 5" these days.



                              She used to go between home, school, and some outings here and there. But now she's in college so she's outside a lot more. Mostly urban type terrain...sidewalks, public transit, etc.


                              You may want to look in to the Freewheel also Mary. Since she's in school etc. this would really help make wheeling much easier. There are threads here about it. It's incredible.

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