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  • Round Betty Dino V2 Wheels

    I got a PM from a longtime CC friend over the weekend that among other things noted I haven't posted much to this forum in a while. Let me remedy that here. Check out my new Round Betty's new Dino V2 wheels, which I'm really liking.

    Performance-wise the new Dino V2s aren't appreciably different from the original Dinos, they're just -- I think -- cooler looking. Erick Bryant, the owner/designer/everything at Round Betty is creatively restless sort and sometimes likes to give design tweaks to his previous creations. My original Dinos have been sturdy and maintenance free. I've never needed to true the spokes. They're as lightweight as Spinergy LXs they replaced -- give or take an imperctible gram -- and have the same convenient reach-through 12-spoke configuration. The big difference between the Dinos and the LXs is that the Dinos are just so much nicer looking. The anodized aluminum spokes are striking and they're super stiff.

    I'm well aware that not every wheelchair user places much (or any) importance on how their chair looks. But for those that do, the new Dinos are as sharp looking a wheel as you'll find. To my aesthetic, nothing else compares, nothing even comes close. Looks AND outstanding performance AND (though I'm not posting this in my position as a sales rep for Bike-On -- truly, I swear!!) the Dino V2s are also hundreds less than the Spinergy LX.

    They look awesome on my TiLite TR!
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    Looking good, indeed. Looks so good, in fact, that the gnarly looking weld on the fixed back rest bracket sticks out like a sore thumb.
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    • #3
      It doesn't look like the spokes have nipples - do they? If not, how would you true the wheels?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by brian View Post
        It doesn't look like the spokes have nipples - do they? If not, how would you true the wheels?
        Round Betty includes a special spoke-tightening key with the wheels. The spokes ends are threaded into the rim, which is where the adjustments are made (from the inside, beneath the rim tape).
        stephen@bike-on.com

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        • #5
          neat

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          • #6
            Best looking chair I've seen

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            • #7
              Gawd, those are some fat spokes... not half bad looking though.

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              • #8
                Stephen, do you never take your chair outside, or do you just spend hours polishing and cleaning it every day?!? Still looks brand new....
                Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gordy1 View Post
                  Stephen, do you never take your chair outside, or do you just spend hours polishing and cleaning it every day?!? Still looks brand new....
                  Ha!!

                  I wiped this sucker down real good before taking pictures and I didn't take any close-ups of the various scuffs. The polished titanium frame, though, maintains its looks pretty well over the long haul. But full confession: I do prefer a clean and clean-looking chair.
                  stephen@bike-on.com

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                  • #10
                    I just noticed how forward your axle is. How do you push up steep hills or ramps?

                    As a frequent visitor to SanFrancisco and user of unregulated make-shift ramps, I've locked my axle as far back as possible.

                    I'd love to occupy a smaller footprint, but can't bring myself to move it forward.

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                    • #11
                      I've had the same basic chair setup for the past 30 years. Hard to answer your question with precision because "steep" is a relative term. When I was living a car-less existence in NYC I never found the COG of my chair to be an issue when pushing up hills. Gravity, on the other hand, was a problem. Now that I'm on the west coast (Los Angeles) my car does most of the pushing. I did, however, get a SmartDrive (paid for 100% through my insurance) a few weeks ago but have not put it to use yet. I don't have daily use for it. There's a fabulous sprawling gardens in Pasadena that's super hilly. I was not aware of the hills when I first visited it. But when I return, using the SmartDrive will make all of the difference. While I might (still) have the strength to push up steep hills (very, very slowly), it's not worth the wear and tear on my shoulders, which still work after 34+ years of chair living (and hoping to keep them that way).


                      Originally posted by brian View Post
                      I just noticed how forward your axle is. How do you push up steep hills or ramps?

                      As a frequent visitor to SanFrancisco and user of unregulated make-shift ramps, I've locked my axle as far back as possible.

                      I'd love to occupy a smaller footprint, but can't bring myself to move it forward.
                      stephen@bike-on.com

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                      • #12
                        I would like a fixed back for the lesser weight. But the folding back helps to get it into the car. How do you manage getting the fixed back into the car?

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                        • #13
                          They do look nice, I worry about the paint on the spokes chipping and scratching. My Spinergy LX spokes are colored through and can be beat to hell without any real noticeable difference in my spoke color. I will say that the black hub on my old Spinergy LX discolored and started to turn brownish/bronze like. It looked terrible with my green spokes!

                          I have since gone back to the silver hub as I find the natural metal finishes don't show the wear and tear.

                          If I had it in the budget, i would pick up a pair of those round betty rims for events that require formal attire. LOL

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                          • #14
                            Very nice! I have round bettys on my aero z but went with spinergy carbon blade on my new TR. I received way more compliments on my round bettys with red spokes than I do on my new ones. I'd love to have a set of those v2's with blue spokes for when I want to change the look of my new chair.

                            Did round betty ever market the carbon fiber castors? Also do you sell caps for the top of the backrest canes?
                            c6 inc since 2-19-11
                            ex pro-am motocross racer
                            tilite aero z s2

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                            • #15
                              Depends on the car. I've been using a non-folding back for a long time Back when I was living in NYC, I didn't have my own car so it was someone else who would stow my chair either in the trunk or the back seat. It always fit. I presently drive a Mazda 5 with the the drivers-side middle row seat removed and pull the chair in with the wheels on. (This is why I had my chair was spec'd with an angled rigidizer bar -- it makes grabbing it easier.)



                              Originally posted by August West View Post
                              I would like a fixed back for the lesser weight. But the folding back helps to get it into the car. How do you manage getting the fixed back into the car?
                              stephen@bike-on.com

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