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    #16
    Done car tranfers, and NO sideguard problems. Hurray for superglue and CCers!

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      #17
      Reviving this thread because I didn't want to start another.

      The sideguards have been fine ever since they were glued. They never moved since.
      But I have another problem, and I hope CCers can help once again.

      I have a 5 year old Quickie Argon. In the last 6 months or so, there's been a problem with my right hand wheel. As you know, both wheels should always be parallel to the sideguards, and not move closer. Well now my right hand wheel keeps moving close to the sideguard, it's slowly worsening to the point I fear it's one day going to be so tight against the sideguard, I won't be able to move.
      The wheel seems not to move much if I'm going forward in a straight line, but if I wheel backwards, or backwards and to the side, the wheel really comes in to meet the sideguard.
      The wheel itself seems stable. It doesn't wobble and still looks like it's positioned normally. I can't understand what the problem might be, or how to fix it.
      Any ideas?

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        #18
        If that wheel does not wobble, it almost has to be the side guard pushing out. What you are describing is exactly what I went through when my Roho high profile pressed against the plastic side guards, especially with weight shifts. I had sideguards made from 3/16" aluminum and that solved my problem. It was cheaper than buying a narrower Roho, which can also work.
        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

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          #19
          It is the same on my Quickie too. When I use it, it makes a strange sound like a bird and it is the sideguard in the wheel. I only use that chair inside, I don't like it. It is ok inside but heave to wheel outside.
          TH 12, 43 years post

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            #20
            Thanks guys, but I'm certain it's the wheel moving. The sideguard does not shift at all. The thing that the sideguard slots into is glued fast in place.
            I just tried moving the sideguard and it does not budge at all.

            The cushion I sit on is an inch smaller than my wheelchair seat (both ways), so it does not touch the sideguards at all.

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              #21
              Show me one pic or two and i will give you some ideas how to fix easy if possible.

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                #22
                Check to see if you have some loose spokes on that wheel.
                You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                See my personal webpage @
                http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                  #23
                  Yeah, per Sci55 go to bike shop and have wheel trued. Re side panels, I have used good quality allen wrench (very important to avoid destruction of screw head) - small one with right angle turn, then use small pipe that fits over end of wrench, about 8" long and use this to gain leverage to super tighten the single allen bolt. The problem is they only use one bolt on side panels but 2 on brakes. On the brakes, you can tighten one bolt, then the other, then the other and get really stable, tight brake. Not so on single bolt on side panels. I push against wrench to be sure it remains firmly seated in screw head while cranking on my 8" long pipe for leverage.

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                    #24
                    K, when I switch tires on my chair, to the "outdoor" heavy duty type I use when I am going to be wheeling offroad a lot, I have to move the wheels out further. And by "I", I mean "my hubby" lol. So the wheel is definitely adjustable on the axel. I am not sure exactly how it is done, but can check with him tonight.

                    Occasionally, when he changes it, it is fine for a short time, then moves and starts rubbing the side guard. In which case, he has to re-adjust and tighten it up.

                    BUT .... the fact that the wheel looks fine, and it doesn;t happen when you go forward, makes me think that this isn;t this issue. My wheel will actually look too close when this happens.
                    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                      #25
                      Thanks all again for the suggestions.
                      I checked the spokes - they seem fine.

                      I went to a bike shop. The guy said he had dealt with wheelchairs before. He tightened the axles. I stayed in the car while my bf took the chair in the shop. I made sure we had my old heavy wheelchair with us, in case something went wrong.
                      Anyway, the axles were tightened. Obviously the bike shop guy felt this might be the problem. My bf brought the chair back to the car, and I was going to see if the wheel was better when we got to the supermarket we were going to do some shopping in.
                      My bf put the wheels on my chair when we arrived at the supermarket. We were both dismayed and surprised when both wheels dropped off. Thank goodness I was not in the chair at the time. And thank goodness I had my old chair, so could still do the shopping (although this chair KILLED my back).
                      Anyway, bf looked at axles at home, and loosened them, so now the wheels fit on again. Bike shop guy must have over tightened them.
                      But the problem with the right wheel remains. And actually yesterday the wheel was touching the sideguard when I was rolling forward. But today it isn't touching going forward. Gah.
                      I'm meant to be getting my new chair at the end of February, but wheelchair services (who are meant to be giving me £1485 towards the cost) have told me they currently have no funds. I HATE WHEELCHAIRS.

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                        #26
                        Sounds like your camber or toe in-out may be off. on the right side. Use a square to check.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                          Sounds like your camber or toe in-out may be off. on the right side. Use a square to check.
                          I don't know what a square is...or how to use it. *Gulp*
                          But it sounds like you're suggesting a problem on the chair frame itself, rather than a problem with the wheel or sideguard, which I think is nearer what the problem is. Or actually is the problem.
                          Thanks for the suggestions. I'll get it checked out somehow.

                          But, I heard that I'm going to get the funding for me new chair very soon. So I'm hoping this chair will hold out until the end of the next month (when I should get my new chair).

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                            #28
                            I'm glad it's not just me with this issue, mine crack, split and move all the time as I'm quite rough with my chair (it's been a bad boy! haha).

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                              #29
                              lol
                              My side guards rub on my tires
                              I will try re adjusting it once more before I throw the bloody side guards out the door
                              lmao

                              Think i'll drill right into the frame and tap a good tread to firmly set the stupid guards

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                                #30
                                keps,
                                toe in may related to the frame, but camber only related to your camber tube.so maybe changing that will solve the issue.
                                walking is OVER-RATED!!!

                                Broken in August 14th, 2003. T9-L1 complete.

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