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    Slip on Wheels for beach / off road

    I just came across these "Slip on Wheels" and it looks like an interesting concept. I've been searching for a solution where we can swap out wheels when using a Rio Mobility Firefly to lessen the bumps and jolts and make it more accessible off road. What keeps causing the problem is dealing with rear wheel spacing, sideguards, axles and having D's Locks. Anything that is going to fit is only a slight improvement, and does not seem worth the money and energy.

    These are Kenda 26x450 beach / off road tires where you attach the rims using straps to the hand rims of the existing wheelchair wheels. I think it's a brilliant idea.

    This is the website, which is a good Dutch company for equipment, and nice guys too! http://www.tnsrijen.nl/SOW

    I feel a bit bad saying this, but this is something that could probably be rigged up pretty easily with tires, rims and finding good straps.

    Of course, it will drastically change the rear seat height, but the front seat height can accommodate for that with a Firefly, or probably any handbike that rasies the casters or something like the Freewheel.
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    Neat idea. I wonder how heavy they'd need to be in order to be stiff enough, since they don't run on a rim or get filled with air pressure.
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    I can't imagine that they don't run on a rim, but have not had time to really look. How it attaches with the strap is what I am curious about.

    [Edit: I removed the photo because it was a duplicate already posted]
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    Taking a closer look at the pics, yeah, you're right. Interesting idea.
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    Note that there are two valve stems to the right of the strap in the last picture. One would be for the original tire shown behind the push rim and the second for the ad on in front of the rim.
    Also in another picture, while you are at it, check out the freewheel (tm) type caster. It looks like a winner with it's extra width.
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    wow what is that front middle wheel? its cool i want one

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    It is a Smartwheel, made by the same company, TNS http://www.tnsrijen.nl/Smartwheel. It is also available on their Webshop http://www.tnsrijen.nl/TNSshop/index.php?id_product=8&controller=product

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    wow what is that front middle wheel? its cool i want one
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    nice thank you, bit pricey :P

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    Very interesting and thank you for sharing. I came across this company: http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/sandchr.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by elarson View Post
    I can't imagine that they don't run on a rim, but have not had time to really look. How it attaches with the strap is what I am curious about.

    [Edit: I removed the photo because it was a duplicate already posted]
    That's a interesting set up for getting someone on the beach without having a purpose specific set of of wheels built. I hope someday that the fat bike wheels/tires are a factory option here from chair manufacturers.

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