Welcoming “Tie Fighter” To The Family

When you realise a wheelchair lifespan is only a few years, I found myself trying to remember which chair is which, so I name them. I tend to let their name kinda find itself. This is my first fully custom chair that is NDIS funded. Its bare titanium so its workshop friendly if i find that welding job.

the reduction of weight really makes its top speed limit its maneuverability. But the seat has some basic suspension from the axle, so over bumpy terrain, it isn’t causing undue pressure. It creates a bit of a disconnect from what the ground is doing and what your butt is doing. this amusing clunkiness and a fan of using puns on the name Titanium. I named it Tie Fighter partially for looks, handling and punability. Yeah, send me to jail…

My old day chair is not going to waste though, going to install a strong anti tip bar so it can be used for gym and safe workouts with free weights (so i don’t fall over), that one will keep working beyond when the welds fail, i’ll make sure of it. So now Tie Fighter is my daily chair, Magellan is my off-road suspension chair. And now Acheron (for all the pain it caused me) is becoming a more useful gym chair.

Off-Road Wheelsets Review

Last year i was able to get funding for an upgrade for my chair and have helped so much with getting off the beaten track, let alone cheaper and safer. I got mine through Push Mobility here in Melbourne and got them delivered to my front door
I went camping recently and their benefits really shined. While in the urban environment, the lower than normal PSI (45) would give you a bit of bounce in your ride, on gravel it helps the wheel grip to the terrain. The bumpy tread also help reduce the chance of punctures while your out, but I would still recommend to get self-healing liquid that you can get injected into the pneumatic tube. 

The wheelset is slightly smaller so the 24×1.75 tires that can be much cheaper and common when needing replacement. For ~AUD$600 these can be considered an entry level wheelset to try out greater off-road independence.

  • Compatible with 24″ wheels (No need to adjust the brakes)
  • Schwalbe Land Cruiser tyres (24×1.75).
  • Heavy duty tubes
  • Double walled 507 rims
  • Anodised push rims
  • 1/2″ Axle pins (adjustable length)
  • Light weight hubs
  • 3 cross spoked design

My original goal was to have these as my main “outdoor” set while a more streamlined wheel set for when im indoors, but they proved so useful, I now use them all the time on my everyday wheelchair.

Note for Australia:

These can be funded through the NDIS as a consumable so if your self-funded, you can get these for your wheelchair pretty easily.