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    Pushing Manual Wheelchair in the Snow/Rain

    I need help. I’m a C6 quad and have a tough time pushing my manual wheelchair with my palm in the rain/snow because my vinyl push rims become very slippery. What are my options? Appreciate any tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric J. Guidish View Post
    I need help. I’m a C6 quad and have a tough time pushing my manual wheelchair with my palm in the rain/snow because my vinyl push rims become very slippery. What are my options? Appreciate any tips.
    Do you have coated rims?

    I know gloves are a pain for us quads, but wheelchair gloves do help.
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    Plastic/rubbery coated?

    they sell half gloves at sport aid that may give you some extra surface tension. I used my thumbs and stuck them in between the tire and push rim when pouring.

    If your weather is extremely bad you may want to consider a powerchair for these instances.
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    I am not a quad but I know the quad here use the same. Sorry, I don't know the name and mine are in leader with wool inside or plastic in the palm so they don't get wet

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    Thanks. I do use gloves. And, I’ll try using my thumbs between the tires and rims. But, what about special rims and tires? Projection rims? Push Black rims? Knobbies? What’s the best?

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    Where do I get those gloves?

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    pushblacks. i dont agree w/ projections at all. old tech thats rarely used anymore. i use my thumb too, when going up ramps and wet. and pushblacks of course.
    i dont feel a pc is an option either for someone whos able to push, unless like going into fields or woods or something, like nov mentioned in her thread.

    bottom line, rain/snow sucks ass in a chair, just gotta deal
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    I don't know if it's the best but I have projection rims. I have a weak grip and they help me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps View Post
    pushblacks. i dont agree w/ projections at all. old tech thats rarely used anymore. i use my thumb too, when going up ramps and wet. and pushblacks of course.
    i dont feel a pc is an option either for someone whos able to push, unless like going into fields or woods or something, like nov mentioned in her thread.

    bottom line, rain/snow sucks ass in a chair, just gotta deal

    fuentejps, what kind of Push Black do you use? Twisted?

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    no i use standard knurled.

    dont get me wrong guys, if your a weak quad and you need them then by all means do it, i would much rather see someone use those than be in a pc death trap.
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