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    Getting my first powerchair

    I've had a manual for 28 years. In about a month, I'll be getting my first powerchair.

    What do you do when you get a flat tire? I guess you just have to roll on it until you get to a place that can fix it for you??? Does that damage the wheel? Do you take it to a bike shop, or a wheelchair place?

    How long do powerchairs normally last? 5 years? 10 years?

    #2
    I fix flats myself, not that hard if you have use of your hands. Depending on the drivewheel setup, you can't go, as some 'high-center' and won't touch the ground.
    It is only a tire, so anyone can fix the flat in a matter of minutes. Get a kid who fixes his own flats to, if nothing else. Make friends with a bicycle rider
    I sure would not wait for a dealer and be charged a fortune.
    Having said that, I have found that flats are only a problem with the gray indoor tires that are only used on wheelchairs.I use standard black tires. You will hear arguments both ways, but I have NEVER had tire marks on any floor I've been on. The black comes from DIRT.
    As far as durability, THAT is a big variable.

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      #3
      Thanks Cap.

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        #4
        Shannon,
        I used a manual chair for 20 years before going to power. I got the foam inserts in all four tires. Probably a little firmer ride, but no regular pressure checks/adjustments and NO flats. A couple more irritations removed from my life.

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          #5
          Okay, thanks RoJo. I'll look into that.

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            #6
            Jim also has the solid tires, they have lasted 7 years, no problems. What kind of chair are you getting?

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              #7
              Shannon, when I went through the ordering processes for my power chair, I went for the foam inserts in the tires. I think 28 years is long enough to be pushing a manual chair.

              As far as the longevity, I have only had mine for about three years now and I haven't had a single problem. But I haven't used it over rough ground very much. People that have used them longer will have to answer that one.
              William M.
              T 6/7 Complete - 4/20/74

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                #8
                Hi Shannon,

                Give the tilt in space option a look......i just got it and love it......also i'd say don't go any hiring on the backrest than u have to.
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                  #9
                  demo, demo, demo

                  The power chair is higher off the ground than your manual so look at the varied options otherwise you'll be cursing youcan't fit under your sink anymore
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                    #10
                    Thank you all. I'm getting an iBOT (the chair that balances on two wheels). I've been through 2 test drives and an evalution. I should be getting it in 4 to 6 weeks from now.

                    Obviously there are differences from the traditional powerchair, but I just wanted to get some ideas.

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                      #11
                      I just want to toss in here that if you only use your chair on paved surfaces and the like, that are smooth, no flats might be cool. If you plan on using it on uneven ground, wet grass, hills or dirt a lot, inserts won't do. You'll find yourself stuck everytime the wind blows, digging up the grass and sliding down hills with no control due to no traction.
                      Not to mention jarring yourself to death. Flats are a RARITY if you watch where you are going. It was YEARS before I got my first. If it is a concern due to riding on surfaces with debris, put SLIME in the tubes or by tubes with it already in them.
                      You couldn't PAY me to use inserts. I had them on my manual and powerchair when I first bought both of them, KILLED my back. I finally sawed those suckers off the manual after 2 years and used tubes ever since. I will also note that the ONLY flat I have had on my manual in almost 11 years was with PRIMO high pressure tires. I tossed those and use regular mountain bike tires now and can go anywhere on any surface as long as the hill isn't to steep.
                      With the powerchairs, I have had a few flats due to metal shavings from drilling, hot metal splatters from welding and a small piece of a steel belt from a car tire, got it on a highway. I have since learned to SHIELD my tires when welding, SWEEP when drilling and put slime tubes in the fast bounder that I use to run down the road in.

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                        #12
                        With the iBot, pneumatic tires are your only choice. They tend to go through them quickly so Independence Technology will throw in a spare set. You must go through them or their designated DME to change them as a special tool is required to remove the wheel.

                        Hope it works out for you.

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                          #13
                          Way to go Shannon!! Congrats on the iBot.
                          The iBot has four wheels plus casters.
                          When Dean Kamen(the iBot designer) got a flat he just switched the four wheel "cluster" around. The chair will ride in normal mode on two wheels and the casters. That leaves two other wheels in the air. Flip the cluster over and the other two wheels get used. Use the stair climb mode to do that. The tech rep can guide you through how to do it. Otherwise just pull off the flat tire and replace it with one of the good ones that's in the air. But stay out of four wheel drive mode!


                          edit: Have you received your owner's manual and the interactive dvd yet?
                          Last edited by PeteShick; 25 Jan 2007, 11:46 PM.

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                            #14
                            SCI_OTR you are correct. However, the inner tube can be changed or patched as required quite conventionally by anyone familiar with changing a tube as CapnGimp said.
                            From the iBot owners manual Sectin 11-25 Service and Maintenance.
                            How to Replace an Inner Tube
                            "Do not attempt to remove the metal wheel. Only an Independence Technology Service Provider can replace the wheel."
                            The owner's manual then indicates how to replace the inner tube with photographs and explanations. It's very helpful if you don't have someone who knows how to do it.

                            Originally posted by SCI_OTR
                            With the iBot, pneumatic tires are your only choice. They tend to go through them quickly so Independence Technology will throw in a spare set. You must go through them or their designated DME to change them as a special tool is required to remove the wheel.

                            Hope it works out for you.
                            Last edited by PeteShick; 25 Jan 2007, 11:40 PM.

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                              #15
                              Thanks for the info Pete. I never thought about rotating clusters. It's like having two onboard spares. How long have your tires lasted?

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