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    Hill holders

    Other than grade aids from sportaid/Livewell are there any other brake type systems that can keep your chair from rolling back? Does anybody know if surelocks or D locks have this function? I've read up on both, but didn't see any mention of this feature. I'm ordering a ti lite tr3 from the VA and I've been told by the people at sportaid that the grade aids will not fit the thinner tubing of ti lite chairs. I need them mainly for when I push myself up my van ramp. I'm trying to sort this out. Any help would be much appreciated. thank you~

    Mike

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    I'm not sure about Dee's, but I do know that Magic Wheels in low gear won't roll backwards. Chas will hopefully chime in--he's raved about Dee's Locks, and now has Magic Wheels (but with scissor locks, because Dee's and MW's are not compatible.)

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    Dee s locks and sure locks do not have this function

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    When they're in low gear, MagicWheels will not roll backwards unless you propel them backwards using the handrims (hill-holder override). (My MagicWheels' review thread.)

    I concur with Ryan, D's do not have a hill-hold feature.

    MagicWheels are a bit pricy if the only feature used is the hill-holder

    The VA provided my MagicWheels. MWs let me try a set for two weeks to help me decide If they were right for me.
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    Grade aides are part of the brake assembly itself and do not require a separate attachment to the tubing of the chair frame. I have had 2 chairs with grade aids and they are a plastic piece that is made over the brake piece that goes directly against the wheel - but only when flipped down in place. The rest of the time they stay out of the way.

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    Just a thought, but I've heard other folks whose issues with getting into their van was helped by a freewheel.

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    thanks guys. yes the MW's would be a bit much just for a hill holder feature. The e-motions also have a hill holder feature when used with the remote control. again...too pricey just for that feature. I maybe getting a freewheel from the VA, I'm eager to see how/if it would make things any easier. I've had good luck with the grade aids, I was just wondering if there was anything else on the market. if push comes to shove, I can always have a welder friend make any adjustments for me, so it's not a deal breaker. I'll also look into that plastic piece Bookjunky referred to... Thanks for the input as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voxina View Post
    Just a thought, but I've heard other folks whose issues with getting into their van was helped by a freewheel.
    I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.
    well...he could have done worse...

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    I think Pat may have hacked in to your account.
    It sounds like it.
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