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Old 10-09-2017, 11:24 AM
jjmagpin jjmagpin is offline
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Default Wheelchair Assistance

I was wondering if I could ask a simple question as I need some assistance with some gear.
I have fought tooth and nail against using a wheelchair until it was pointed out to me how much stuff I was missing out on because I was being an idiot.
Can someone make a recommendation on a decent folding wheelchair?
I got the recommendation for "Sidestix" from this site (they have been awesome) so I figured I would ask about a chair.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:10 PM
LivWell LivWell is offline
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Location: I live in Cameron Park Ca
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I am right there with you jjmagpin!! I'm tired of not doing stuff and ready to get myself a set of wheels!

In fact, I logged in this morning just to post some info that I think looks good (I'll do that in a separate thread). But, to your question -- I've been researching a manual folding wheelchair. I've decided on an ultralight model I found on

It's important to get someone who knows what they're doing to measure you before you purchase something. I like the TiLite Aero X Series 2. It weighs 16lbs (before you start adding stuff). I'm going to purchase a basic seat cushion for now and upgrade if my use merits it. Cushions are a critical piece in wheelchair use.

I called spinlife this morning to ask some questions about the customization options, but there isn't an ultralight specialist available today.

You'll want to do your research. If there is a vendor in the area that might have some chairs on hand you could go see what they look like. (spinlife is online only which is probably why their prices are reasonable). I highly recommend talking to a physical therapist or mobility specialist too.

Good luck and happy shopping! I see freedom in your future!

p.s. I bought sidestix too after reading the review here - never regretted it - they are my best mobility aid right now.


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Old 11-04-2017, 12:31 PM
teena marie teena marie is offline
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Great chair. Invaluable to my recovery.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:53 PM
jjmagpin jjmagpin is offline
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Default Wheelchair Assistance

Teena Marie and LivWell,

My apologies for the delay in getting back to you. I have not been on the site in about a week. I really appreciate the recommendations. This has been a bit of a struggle to get to this point. The recommenations on chairs are a huge help. Thanks again
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Old 11-29-2017, 03:21 PM
GoatHerder GoatHerder is offline
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While the folding chairs are nice, I find that the drive wheels are so small and thin on most, that getting the thing stuck in the sand/dirt etcetera to be a real problem.

I use a pair of Jazzy Jet 3 chairs. My "going to church" chair is stock. I only use it when going out in public.

My "work" chair, has after market, deep treaded knobby tires, and a rotationally molded seat from a dune buggy. This makes the chair impervious to damage from sharp items on the farm, as well as goat hooves and teeth!

Folding chairs are sure nice, but if you want to be active in the outdoors, you'll appreciate the extra traction and support that larger, wider wheels provide.

2 inch receiver hitches can be fitted cheaply to almost any vehicle, and while I welded up my own chair carrier, there are many options, from custom, to simple units sold by Harbor Freight.
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