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    Hi...this is my first time posting. My son was injured in a MVA back in January. He is a college student who uses his wheelchair on campus to get around. Since this is our first winter, I am hoping that some of you can give me some helpful hints on how to get around in the rain and snow. We have been lucky here that there hasn't been much rain so we haven't had to deal with that situation too often. My son is T5 incomplete. Do they make some type of umbrella that attaches to the wheelchair? Thanks for any info. Shelly

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    Originally posted by shelnj18
    Hi...this is my first time posting. My son was injured in a MVA back in January. He is a college student who uses his wheelchair on campus to get around. Since this is our first winter, I am hoping that some of you can give me some helpful hints on how to get around in the rain and snow. We have been lucky here that there hasn't been much rain so we haven't had to deal with that situation too often. My son is T5 incomplete. Do they make some type of umbrella that attaches to the wheelchair? Thanks for any info. Shelly
    no easy way. in the rain, he will get wet. in snow get decent knobby tires, thats about it.
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      #3
      I have wraped a telephone cord around the tire but at the level a welder could make a home made snow chain with a release. I hd fun sliding in ice in a chair also

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        #4
        I am sorry about your son. I know what you and your family are going through... Not even a year injured and he's back at school speaks well of him and your family. Not to mention bodes well for his future.

        To your question: Assuming you want him to have fun/friends/sex etc. - Don't attach an umbrella to his chair! Nothing could look dorkier!

        Invest in some nylon tear-away pants that he can put on over regular pants and remove when rain soaked. Ponchos are wheelchair friendly and work well too.

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          #5
          I have two outdoor chairs (kinda like shoes) one for spring - fall and one for winter. For the snow I use a wide tired suspension chair; I could'nt imagine shoveling snow without it. RAIN = GET WET



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            #6
            welcome and congratulations for the man being back in school already!
            A poncho is a better idea, plus the books etc can go underneath it. Make sure the seat cushion he uses is not affected by water, and if it is an air type, watch the pressure, as large temp extremes have a big effect on pressure, each so he doesn't get pressure sore from ineffective/damaged cushion.

            Good waterproof gloves so the old hands don't get wet and frozen.

            I'm a neat freak in public buildings with wet tires, I carry old small towels to dry my wheels once inside the doors. Or if they have big rugs, do circles till they dry off. Also saves you from sliding into people in crowded hallways, never a good thing,lol.

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              #7
              I can only echo about Capn's idea of small towels to dry off wheels in buildings. He doesn't want to 'squeak' all over during exam time - lol. I carry an extra set of gloves as well for when the first get soaked.

              I really hate the rain - especially when it's cold rain, like in November. You're going to get wet, and pushing the wheels can get slippery. Very frustrating.

              Good thing he's right back to school though, good for him!

              Hopefully he'll have offers to carry his books or push him during the rainy/snowy season!
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                #8
                {...all of the above...} and I hate the fact that I haven't been able to buy a van yet (fall out of a tree, no insurance money / drive drunk and crash, you get insurance money -- go figure!).
                By the time I've reassembled my w/c (even when leaving the seat till the last moment) I end up with a wet butt.
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                  #9
                  Im buried under snow 5 months out of the year here and ive learned two sets of tires works best for me,one with a little tread,one with no tread..For snow and icy days ive never had a problem with traction with a little tread tire like this.. and there easy to keep clean..

                  On rainy slushy days,i use no tread like this they dry quick and dont pick up a lot of sand an dirt..Also invest in coulple pair of tire sox..http://secure.srginc.biz/search_list...trID=74&page=1..and anything else i can think of Capn mentiond.

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                    #10
                    front tires

                    The bigger the front tires the more stuff you can go through, but the harder it is to push. I live in SD and right now we have 6 inches of new snow so I know what it is like and I have been dealing with it for 12 years. Get some decent tread tires for winter with bigger front tires and then switch them in the summer......good luck

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                      #11
                      thank you all for your replies...just another question....where do I get these extra wheels? The wheelchair is rented from Kessler Rehab...can I just go back to them and ask for another set or can i go into a supply place and get some extra wheels? It snowed last night so i guess we'll have to work on getting him what he needs soon. Again, thanks for your help. I know he has found carecure a great help for answering his questions and I am finding that too. Shelly

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                        #12
                        Shelly,
                        Originally posted by shelnj18
                        thank you all for your replies...just another question....where do I get these extra wheels? The wheelchair is rented from Kessler Rehab...can I just go back to them and ask for another set or can i go into a supply place and get some extra wheels? It snowed last night so i guess we'll have to work on getting him what he needs soon. Again, thanks for your help. I know he has found carecure a great help for answering his questions and I am finding that too. Shelly
                        ...let me understand this.

                        Kessler is renting the chair to you.
                        Did Kessler not prepare a wheelchair selection plan, and that includes a seating clinic to determine what type of cushion would be best for him and have they been placed on order?, after all it has been several months since his accident.

                        The reason I ask is because I am currently "testing" several different makes and have already found two (2) of them unsuitable for my needs. Next Tuesday I will be (hopefully) bringing a Kuschall (sp?) Champion home with me to test out for a week in the different conditions I would find in my day-to-day activities (I will use my present cushion -- a J2 Deep Contour). If the chair fits me, I will explore new cushions (pressure maps at the seating clinic) which also involves taking it home with me for a couple of days where I almost on an hourly basis get off the chair to check for skin breakdown symptoms.

                        Cheers!
                        Han Tacoma

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                          #13
                          actually, the cushion is fine for him...it is the wheels I am concerned about. Other people who have responded have mentioned getting a different type of tread for the snow. i was just wondering how to get those...Shelly

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                            #14
                            I just switched over to Kenda aggressive knobbies for winter they are a wider tire than what I have been using.

                            I bought the tires at Sportaid and had a local bike shop put them on for me. Remember, if you change tire size, you need to get the correct tube size too.

                            If you are using a loaner from rehab, has there been any plan to get him his own chair? The reason I ask is, you don't necessarily want to invest in new tires for a chair you are borrowing for a short time, unless the tires you are getting are the same size as the ordered chair. Taht way you can keep the tires when you are done with the loaner and use them on his chair.

                            Here's some pics of my tires:
                            The primos (vtracks and passage tires) are on a 25" rim. Picture of Vtracks on my chair.
                            The Kendas are on a 24" rim. Picture of them on my chair.

                            Since these pics were taken, I have since replaced the V-Track tires with the Primo Passage Tires. I don't like to use them in snow because they hold too much snow in the tread and then when it melts, i have puddles under my chair.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by shelnj18
                              actually, the cushion is fine for him...it is the wheels I am concerned about. Other people who have responded have mentioned getting a different type of tread for the snow. i was just wondering how to get those...Shelly
                              honestly its not that simple. example: going from a blade frt wheel to a 6 inch frt will make him flip over backwars because frt end is kicked up more,. making cg different.. if i change from a 24 in rear wheel to 26 in it makes my chair nose heavy, then i dig in. ......i run primo all terrain knobbies all year round.....he really needs measured for his own ultralight using the correct wheel etc..
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