Using Mountain Bike Tires on a Wheelchair

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Kristen Sachs
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Erik Kondo
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Kristen Sachs

Erik is a T4-5 paraplegic who uses a manual wheelchair, and he lives in an area where snow is common in the winter. Standard wheelchair tires can often slip and slide on ice and completely lose traction when trying to be pushed through snow.

Erik has come up with a great solution: he uses mountain bike tires on his wheelchair to help him gain the grip he needs to push through icy and snowy terrain. Mountain bike tires are thicker and have deeper grooves than standard wheelchair tires and thus provide more traction.

Watch the video below where Erik demonstrates the difference between regular wheelchair tires and mountain bike tires and how they each handle a mound of snow that’s gathered in his backyard.

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