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    #16
    Originally posted by Brianm View Post
    Nice posting. I have a chair spec'd out in Ocean blue and while I have some different choices, it was great to see this one.
    are you getting a new chair? or are you like me and constantly speccing out new chairs? today im on the tx (again), just in case i ever want another folder......

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      #17
      Originally posted by tooley View Post
      Hear Hear! I assumed he had given up on us. I was lucky to have joined CC when he was posting alot of chairs - never would've known of Ti's "V" front-end without him. And now it drives me up the wall when I see a standard frame.

      As far as the chair in the original post - I love the way you spec'd a low backrest frame yet mounted the backrest nice and high. That way as his skills progress and balance improves he has the option to lower the backrest and push-handles.

      Too many times I see (especially this past weekend) a tall backrest for a person with a higher injury yet the backrest posts are taller than the solid back. This one poor kid had pusher handles at ear level, fine for a pediatric chair but totally obstructive for anyone full-grown.
      Thanks.

      I haven't given up. There are simply times when I do a lot of custom manual wheelchairs and there are others when I am doing more complex rehab powerchairs. Lately it has been more of the latter.

      I have been posting those chairs as well, but they are obviously for the benefit end users who have different needs.

      Chairs like these...

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        #18
        Originally posted by amyk View Post
        are you getting a new chair? or are you like me and constantly speccing out new chairs? today im on the tx (again), just in case i ever want another folder......
        I have been working with a rehab/Dr/DME for awhile now on getting a new chair, we are waiting on the insurance right now.

        It is funny that when I went from my previous chair to my TR the differences were dramatic, so no wonder I fretted over the decisions. Now I want some subtle changes and I still fret over them.

        Changes include, besides paint...

        * Going from 19.5 front (really 19.75 with caster in bottom) by 16 rear to 20f and 15.5r; this is where I struggle most. More later.

        * Regular forks with 5x1.5 instead of FL forks and 4x1.5

        * 85 degree front instead of 80

        * +0.75" instead of +1"

        * Standard footrest instead of flip back footrest

        * ADI solid back

        I think that covers it.

        I want a little more foot clearance so going a little higher in the front and not using the flip-back footrest which has a bar around back.

        I also want to be down in the wheels a tad more, hence the 0.5" lower in the rear. This is where I fret; this is quite a bit of dump and while I think I will be fine using the chair this way, I wonder if hard on the body in any way. Leaves me wondering if 25" wheels would be better to get the same result.
        C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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          #19
          Originally posted by amyk View Post
          ... are you like me and constantly speccing out new chairs?
          I used to be like that. Now I'm continuously tweaking existing chair designs. Here's my Lasher BT-Mg revised with a totoType pushbar and RB Dino's.

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            #20
            Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
            I agree that a great many wheelchair users are in poorly fitted chairs, which they're frequently indifferent about. I suspect that many users "hate" their wheelchair because they resent having to use one in the first place. The idea of getting a "cool" wheelchair is anathema to them. Meantime, their body maladapts to the poorly spec'd dimensions yet they can't conceive of using anything better -- poor seating posture and crappy equipment become married to one another. Bottom line: too many wheelchair users are wheelchair illiterate.
            I realize how lucky I am to have looked into things deeply before my first customized chair! Its my anal personality, I can't go into anything unprepared

            But now that I've heard the horror stories from so many people when it comes to their chairs or their DMEs, I really appreciate how great the process went for me.
            Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

            I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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              #21
              I just noticed the calf strap on that chair. Is that from TiLite? It is a lot nicer than mine.

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                #22
                It's the Bodypoint Aeromesh Padded Calf strap. It is now an option TiLite's and on several other manufacturer's order forms.

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                  #23
                  Another home run. One of these days I am going to get me one of these.
                  Last edited by forestranger52; 25 Jun 2012, 7:16 PM.
                  C 5/6 Comp.
                  No Tri's or hand function.

                  Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                  Teddy Roosevelt

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                    #24
                    Great looking chair. What's the padded calf strap size, large or medium? Thanks, SCI_OTR for all your posts!

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                      Bottom line: too many wheelchair users are wheelchair illiterate.

                      Yep...

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Brianm View Post
                        I have been working with a rehab/Dr/DME for awhile now on getting a new chair, we are waiting on the insurance right now.

                        It is funny that when I went from my previous chair to my TR the differences were dramatic, so no wonder I fretted over the decisions. Now I want some subtle changes and I still fret over them.

                        Changes include, besides paint...

                        * Going from 19.5 front (really 19.75 with caster in bottom) by 16 rear to 20f and 15.5r; this is where I struggle most. More later.

                        * Regular forks with 5x1.5 instead of FL forks and 4x1.5

                        * 85 degree front instead of 80

                        * +0.75" instead of +1"

                        * Standard footrest instead of flip back footrest

                        * ADI solid back

                        I think that covers it.

                        I want a little more foot clearance so going a little higher in the front and not using the flip-back footrest which has a bar around back.

                        I also want to be down in the wheels a tad more, hence the 0.5" lower in the rear. This is where I fret; this is quite a bit of dump and while I think I will be fine using the chair this way, I wonder if hard on the body in any way. Leaves me wondering if 25" wheels would be better to get the same result.

                        More dump is in no way good for you!! I would go with 25" Wheels instead.
                        I decreased dump from 4" to 1 1/2" And I have never felt or looked better.
                        So many people fail to realize that we are not meant to be folded in to a wheelchair, dump is to provide stability, but stability also comes from a proper fitting chair. A chair that is not too wide and not too low and with a reasonable amount of dump. Side guards provide better stability than 4-5" of dump.

                        From the picture in your avatar you look to be almost 6' tall, you could even go to 26" wheels. I'm 5'2" and I’m on 26" Day wheels. My seat front is 530mm/20" and my rear seat height is 490mm/19.2".

                        I think that people are miss informed when it comes to dump, I know a few quads that sit in 1-2" of dump and they are very comfortable in their chair.

                        I've attached my chair specs, take a look.

                        This set up is much like what you are describing, only with bigger wheels and less dump. I'm an L3 Para and this chair suits me very well in daily use.
                        With the 26" wheels you get a good amount of wheel to push. Also note the ergo seating for proper pelvis alignment. And the welded side guards.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by reyt View Post
                          Great looking chair. What's the padded calf strap size, large or medium? Thanks, SCI_OTR for all your posts!
                          Large

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