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    Solid Rear Tires or Air Filled?

    I've been thinking about getting solid rubber rear tires on my manual wheelchair. The air filled ones are good when inflated to the max, but they really lose a couple lbs. of air pressure over a couple of weeks and really make it difficult to push and lock the wheels. I'm tired of going to the gas station to inflate the tires every couple of weeks and it's a pain to have ask someone to inflate my tires with a hand pump I have at the house. Any suggestions or personal experiences with this? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey
    I've been thinking about getting solid rubber rear tires on my manual wheelchair. The air filled ones are good when inflated to the max, but they really lose a couple lbs. of air pressure over a couple of weeks and really make it difficult to push and lock the wheels. I'm tired of going to the gas station to inflate the tires every couple of weeks and it's a pain to have ask someone to inflate my tires with a hand pump I have at the house. Any suggestions or personal experiences with this? Thanks.
    solids like kik tires, dont hold a brake well at all......just get a portable air pump
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    I run KIK Makos. I adjust my brakes about every 2-3 months. Was just thinking back and I am right at 2 months now and still can't roll-thru my brakes(that is when I re-adjust). I adjust them tight as crap at first, give me longer between adjustments. My brakes hold fine.
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    Also run solid kik tyres and I far prefer them to pneumatics. No flats from punctures or getting soft if I forget to pump. Also contant pushing resistance is nice whereas air tyres are a cycle from good to bad.
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    Yup I also have solid kick tires as I don't want to deal with a flat while I'm out somewhere, but I could use some tips on adjusting the brakes. I have a Qickie Ti, and I'm not mechanically inclined so the tightening the breaks gets kinda confusing, are there instructions with pictures for this anywhere?
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    I also run solid tires. Much prefer to air.

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    When you travel in the outdoor places that I frequent, you can only use solid.
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    I used to think that solid tires were really not as performant than inflated high pressure ones, and I was right until the Kik Makos (Makos is important here, since it is their new generation of high resilience polymer). I was using only Continental indoor saalsport ($$ and they don't last since made primarly for indoor sports) inflated to around 120 psi, and I could see the difference with using Primo tires at 100 psi. So I decided to call the guy from Kik and told him I was tired of flat tires, inflating and so on but that I did not think his tires were a good enough replacement. He then asked me what kind of feeling and performance I wanted, I said I wanted the feel and performance of my Conti at 120 psi. He told me give me 2 days and I will manufacture some with thoses specs just for you and I will replace them with a different formula until you are satisfied. The first pair was right on, still have them on my chair with no signs of much wearing after more than a year, this is the best thing I could have done. As for the brake adjustments, I solved that problem just before getting the Makos by installing D's Locks hub brakes on my chair, never had to adjust anything in close to 2 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myc0
    Yup I also have solid kick tires as I don't want to deal with a flat while I'm out somewhere, but I could use some tips on adjusting the brakes. I have a Qickie Ti, and I'm not mechanically inclined so the tightening the breaks gets kinda confusing, are there instructions with pictures for this anywhere?
    Myc0 - found this owners manual at www.sunrisemedical.com.
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    At the bottom, where it lists page numbers, 1 (1 of 23) change the first "1" to "34" and hit return, it will then read 34 (18 to 23) .(brochure page numbers do not add up to the pdf numbers)

    The brake adjustment instructions, such as they are, are posted there with pics.
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    i use scissor brakes undeer my seat and no matter how tight i got them, the dam chair moved bad while transferring, not good. this was probably 5 years ago. are the makos better now......also when the tire was wet the breaks were totaly worthless, they didnt have much tread
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