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    Well as for the 24" s being hard to push , just put on high pressure 1" wide marathons and they roll great with 80psi..
    And after looking at the picture it looks like your foot rest is way too long for your legs ,, the footrest needs to be shortened after you get the back side of the chair down with the axle drop or the wheel change..Which ever you choose to do but if at all possible get with a seating specialist in your area because if you dont get that chair to fit right you will have nothing but problems with it..And if you ordered 5" for the front those will work fine as long as they are the soft roll type that do not stop you in a heartbeat if you hit a little stick or rock..
    Well keep trying different setting until you get comfortable I know it is a pain to get a chair set up right but ussually after you have done 3 or 4 of them it gets a lot easier to set them up for yourself. You will get an idea of seat dump , floor to seat height without cushion , all the extra crap that comes with using a chair .. Good luck and keep asking questions there are a lot of great people here on this forum at CC.
    Gary

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    Lowered the rear height by 4" (give or take .25 in). I think I'm starting to understand what you guys always talk about; 'in vs on' is hard to explain but easy to feel. I don't like being shorter but I'll take the mobility over my vanity.

    I'm still not reaching the center of my wheels but I'm MUCH closer now. First pic is with the 26" wheels, the second one is of the 24" wheels. With the 24", I'll need to adjust the back rest angle, makes me uncomfortable and the chair tippy. Also, I'll be adjusting the casters.

    26" wheels- I'm about, what- two inches off?

    24" wheels. I'm closer here by about an inch or so- still not hitting the middle of the rim. Feels odd to push but probably just because I'm not used to it.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by garyv View Post
    Well as for the 24" s being hard to push , just put on high pressure 1" wide marathons and they roll great with 80psi..
    And after looking at the picture it looks like your foot rest is way too long for your legs ,, the footrest needs to be shortened after you get the back side of the chair down with the axle drop or the wheel change..
    Gary
    Thanks for the tire info- I'm going to order some this week if we can get the money together. I'm not sure how I could lengthen the footrest- it's close to the top now. I'm going to try and shove it up on in there and see how it goes.

    I'm going to try and get this chair as close as I can- it's my only option right now. Can't tell you how much it means to have this forum and the knowledge here. It's a life saver for me.

    I've called around and am having trouble finding a seat spec in our area who will take someone without insurance and not charge so much as we can't pay. It's a balancing act. I'm looking into grants/loans at the moment.

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    Ug, I am drooling over your 26" wheels....... I am stuck with 24's.

    My backrest was also angled very far back so you will get a much better idea of the feel once you fix that. It made a HUGE difference in my set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oli View Post
    Ug, I am drooling over your 26" wheels....... I am stuck with 24's.

    My backrest was also angled very far back so you will get a much better idea of the feel once you fix that. It made a HUGE difference in my set up.
    I probably won't use them...sigh. I love them too! I'm sure I'll find a set of 24s I like...almost as much. Point for the 24s- I can actually find colored tires for them on wheelchair sites. I'm not liking the wire wheels...feels institutional somehow. I liked the coated soft Spox; they looked better to me. Don't know about how long they would have lasted though. Oh well.

    You weren't kidding about the backrest angle. I changed that, corrected a little toe-in issue and readjusted the sling velcro. Wow, feels good! I was going to move the COG but holy cow- no need now! I thought I just stunk at wheelies- turns out I just had the chair wrong. I was able to stay in a wheelie for ten seconds- which is 9.5 seconds longer than I could do it yesterday

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    I have a set of 24's Spinergy Spox, black spokes with natural fit handrims..... They just have the regular grey Primo tires.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRing View Post
    Feels odd to push but probably just because I'm not used to it.
    yes you are much closer. it probably feels awkward because of the back rest angle. Right now you look like you might slide out of your chair. Once you get the backrest adjusted comfortably find the sweet spot of your center-of-gravity (fore-and-aft placement of rear axle).

    Also, as has been said, you may want to get some 6" casters for the sidewalk debris you spoke of. This will also bring your knees up a bit, making it easier to keep things in your lap.
    Another thing that might help get your bum lower and your knees higher is a contoured cushion like a Ride Forward. Do a search on google to see what I mean. There's a pocket you sit in, I use one on my TiLite chair and it is great - positions you perfectly in the center of the chair. There are cheaper alternatives, but the Rides have good longevity.

    One more thing, try raising your footrest. Right now your toes are quite a bit lower than your heels, try to get your toes slightly higher than your heels. You may have to remove the footrest and clamps completely and use a pipe-cutter (like a plumber uses) to trim an inch or so off the ends of the frame.
    Last edited by tooley; 03-13-2011 at 06:41 PM. Reason: more info

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    Thanks, Tooley. I adjusted the back and it's a lot better. I think I lucked out and the COG is working well. I can hold a wheelie easily and not flip backwards too easily either. Miles above what it was like before.

    I don't have a pipe cutter handy but think I can get use of one this week. The tube doesn't have much space below where the fork is located- just enough room for the attachment hardware for the footrest. Will the hardware still work if I have to overlap the mounting bracket at the back of the fork closure? I'll post pics after dinner if what I just typed made no sense.

    If I can't cut the frame- would putting in some spacers work to bring up the footrest a bit? That's assuming I can get those hexes out of the footrest- Loctite or the power of the force- either way I'm not strong enough to get them to budge. Even used a locking wrench to grab onto the allen wrench for more torque- nada. Suckers are in *tight*.

    Going to check out that cushion after dinner, as well. Hopefully it will work. I'm getting cushion envy from everyone talking about how comfy theirs' are.


    I'll check out that cushion too- I've been looking for one.

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    You look crazy uncomfortable.

    Main things: Raise footrest. Lower rear seat height. Adjust back angle & caster fork angle as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRing View Post
    The tube doesn't have much space below where the fork is located- just enough room for the attachment hardware for the footrest. Will the hardware still work if I have to overlap the mounting bracket at the back of the fork closure? If I can't cut the frame- would putting in some spacers work to bring up the footrest a bit?
    good thought about the spacers! Here's a link to give you some ideas -
    http://estore.tilite.com/ecommerce/P...-08/2-19.3.pdf

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