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Date: 2015-10-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
Have now had the chance to read this properly. It's really well put together, I've read several of these and this is by far the most comprehensive. (Now I just need to put this into action).

A few thoughts do occur.

Do take up the option of trying out someone's high-end chair if you get the chance. Kab mentioned I tried theirs at Worldcon, what they didn't mention was that everyone burst out laughing because I was so visibly relieved. The cheap hire-chair I was using meant I was still moving, which I wouldn't have been on crutches, but Kab's chair was so far beyond that it was ridiculous. Just that couple of minutes convinced me to more than double how much I was prepared to spend and I'd already known I needed to spend four figures.

Non-rigid chairs and flexibility. I've quite literally subluxed (partially dislocated) my hip as a result of my current cheap NHS folding chair flexing crossing a kerb-cut. If you have any kind of joint or connective tissue issue, you definitely want a rigid or fold-to-rigid design.

Wheelchair gloves and braking. You brake by pushing against the pushrims, this causes friction, which becomes heat. On a longer or steeper slope, this can be enough heat to hurt, so better it goes into the glove, not your palm!

Back-bags. The Black-Box has definite advantages, but if you have a cheap folder then the x-frame under the seat is likely to block it, which leaves you with a bag slung over the back as your main option*. You can improvise with pretty much any rucksack, but there are plenty of purpose designed ones available cheaply. A couple of things to be aware of: it will bounce off your back as you accelerate and brake, so unless you have a rigid back to the chair, be careful how you pack it. And secondly, the purpose-designed ones don't normally have a carrying strap, which may be a problem if you need to take it off the chair to use as hand-luggage on an aircraft.

* I've taken to using one of the military-styled leg bags instead, if I don't have anything major to carry. Worn on the top of your leg instead of the side it takes wallet,gloves, keys, phone and multi-tool with room to spare.
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