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    Knobby Tires

    I'm still new to this and have been reading about various alternatives for tire changes, and all I've concluded is that I'm confused.

    My son's using a TiLite and it has very narrow, slick tires. He wants to replace them with something that will provide more traction and allow at least a little "off roading". Can you replace just the tires? Or do you need new wheels, also? Can you order "off the shelf" or are they specific by the chair or at least manufacturer....

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    Most TiLite chairs can be fitted with knobby tires. Depending on how narrow the current tire is, the rim may not be large enough to support Knobbies. You would be better off buying new wheels. If you pick a specific size knobby tire I can find out if it will fit on your son's Tilite.

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    Originally posted by BeeBee:

    I'm still new to this and have been reading about various alternatives for tire changes, and all I've concluded is that I'm confused.

    My son's using a TiLite and it has very narrow, slick tires. He wants to replace them with something that will provide more traction and allow at least a little "off roading". Can you replace just the tires? Or do you need new wheels, also? Can you order "off the shelf" or are they specific by the chair or at least manufacturer....
    read the numbers off the side of the current tire and call sportaid.com , tell the girls what you have and what your son wants, they will hook you up. kenda makes darn near every size wc tire. lots of knobbies

    "Man is bound to follow the adventurous promptings of his scientific and inventive mind and to admire himself for his splendid achievements" Carl Jung

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    If you do not want to replace the entire wheel, "primo passage" tires might be a good option. Here is a picture of the tread.



    This web site has a bunch of pictures that show the tread of various types of primo tires.
    http://www.theaftermarketgang.com/primo/primo.htm
    www.sportaid.com also has a nice selection.

    The thing that prevents you from using certain tires, knobby Mountain bike tires, is the width of the tire and wheel. Most standard wheelchair wheels are 1 inch wide. So when you're looking at all your different options you need to find 25 x 1, or 26 x 1, ... (25 and 26 are the diameter of the wheel)

    You should be able to purchase these tires at a local medical supply company. The bicycle shops I have been to told me that they do not carry tires that can fit my wheelchair wheels.

    [This message was edited by Justin S on 06-22-05 at 08:59 PM.]

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    BeeBee,
    I have found my local bicycle shop to be the best and cheapest place regarding my wheelchair tires. They have been able to fix the tires as well as show me all the different types of tires that will fit my rim.

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    BeeBee,

    I just got these knobbytires for my Ti. I brought them to a bike shop and they put them on. You just have to figure out if he has 24" or 25" rims. Do you have the paperwork from when he got the chair?

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    Originally posted by Mark mI:

    BeeBee,
    I have found my local bicycle shop to be the best and cheapest place regarding my wheelchair tires. They have been able to fix the tires as well as show me all the different types of tires that will fit my rim.
    yup almost all wc rims can be mounted w/ mountain bike tires of some kind....i dont like them because the coloring gets on your hands, meaning the the black from the tire. thats why i run primos or kendas now. also, the axle will need moved to accomodate the wider tire

    "Man is bound to follow the adventurous promptings of his scientific and inventive mind and to admire himself for his splendid achievements" Carl Jung

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    Be sure to check wheelchairjunkie.com before you decide.

    Don't get black tires, I have some and I hate them.

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    Originally posted by Mark mI:

    BeeBee,
    I have found my local bicycle shop to be the best and cheapest place regarding my wheelchair tires. They have been able to fix the tires as well as show me all the different types of tires that will fit my rim.
    I need to find a bigger town i think.

    I went to the local bike shop and told them I wanted knobby tires for my wheelchair. They said they couldn't do it and sent me to the medical place. I asked at the medical place -- they said they get all their stuff from the bike shop.

    wth?

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