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    Other than grade aids from sportaid/Livewell are there any other brake type systems that can keep your chair from rolling back? Does anybody know if surelocks or D locks have this function? I've read up on both, but didn't see any mention of this feature. I'm ordering a ti lite tr3 from the VA and I've been told by the people at sportaid that the grade aids will not fit the thinner tubing of ti lite chairs. I need them mainly for when I push myself up my van ramp. I'm trying to sort this out. Any help would be much appreciated. thank you~

    Mike

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    I'm not sure about Dee's, but I do know that Magic Wheels in low gear won't roll backwards. Chas will hopefully chime in--he's raved about Dee's Locks, and now has Magic Wheels (but with scissor locks, because Dee's and MW's are not compatible.)
    Tourette's Syndrome - motor tics of the legs, feet and back, which can make it difficult or impossible to walk

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      #3
      Dee s locks and sure locks do not have this function

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        #4
        When they're in low gear, MagicWheels will not roll backwards unless you propel them backwards using the handrims (hill-holder override). (My MagicWheels' review thread.)

        I concur with Ryan, D's do not have a hill-hold feature.

        MagicWheels are a bit pricy if the only feature used is the hill-holder

        The VA provided my MagicWheels. MWs let me try a set for two weeks to help me decide If they were right for me.
        Chas
        TiLite TR3
        Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
        I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

        "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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          #5
          Grade aides are part of the brake assembly itself and do not require a separate attachment to the tubing of the chair frame. I have had 2 chairs with grade aids and they are a plastic piece that is made over the brake piece that goes directly against the wheel - but only when flipped down in place. The rest of the time they stay out of the way.

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            #6
            Just a thought, but I've heard other folks whose issues with getting into their van was helped by a freewheel.
            Tourette's Syndrome - motor tics of the legs, feet and back, which can make it difficult or impossible to walk

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              #7
              thanks guys. yes the MW's would be a bit much just for a hill holder feature. The e-motions also have a hill holder feature when used with the remote control. again...too pricey just for that feature. I maybe getting a freewheel from the VA, I'm eager to see how/if it would make things any easier. I've had good luck with the grade aids, I was just wondering if there was anything else on the market. if push comes to shove, I can always have a welder friend make any adjustments for me, so it's not a deal breaker. I'll also look into that plastic piece Bookjunky referred to... Thanks for the input as always.

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                #8
                Originally posted by voxina View Post
                Just a thought, but I've heard other folks whose issues with getting into their van was helped by a freewheel.
                I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by brian View Post
                  I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.
                  well...he could have done worse...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by brian View Post
                    I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.
                    It sounds like it.
                    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                      #11
                      Well, the FreeWheel may help as you won't have to slow down before your ramp but I doubt you will have enough space in your van with the extra length added by the FW.
                      My TR3

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                        #12
                        The D's and Surelocks are going to stop all wheel rotation, not just slipping downhill. When Chas chimes in this morning, he will probably give you the best answer, I know he researched this.
                        Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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                          #13
                          What kind of angle of hill/ramp are you talking? As well as overall length? I can slide down my driveway, forwards and backwards if not careful certain weather conditions. And I can hold the wheels from rotating with my hands.

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