Want to know how to puncture proof your wheelchair tyres?
Here is our ultimate guide on all things puncture resistant when it comes to your mobility scooter and wheelchair tyres.
There are four main ways to puncture proof wheelchair tyres all of which give you that extra level of protection against those dreaded punctures!
1. Puncture Proof Tyres - Sounds really obvious but buying a new set of puncture proof tyres is the easiest way to stop punctures dead in their tracks. A solid or infilled tyre removes the need to use are to keep your tyres pumped up. Job done, problem solved? Well, there is one main down side being weight. But for many the extra weight is worth the peace of mind. Also solid tyres can be a little expensive if you don't need new tyres just yet, safe to say there are other less expensive options available. Check out our range of puncture proof wheelchair tyres here.
2. Tyre Inserts - Instead of replacing the whole tyre with a puncture proof one; you can simply replace the inner tube and the air! Using a tyre insert is a great cost saving option to end punctures once and for all. They are a middle of the road cost option too with the added benefit of knowing when you're tyres wear out you need just change them (a big advantage over solid tyres). Check out our range of wheelchair tyre inserts here.
3. Sealants - Third on the list and the least expensive option is sealant. These work buy putting a tiny amount of puncture gel in each tyre. As the tyre rotates the sealant coats the inside of the tyre and if there are any tiny holes (up to a certain size) the fibres in the goo try to go through the hole and clog up together and coupled with the the gel they create an air tight seal without you even knowing they just fixed a puncture for you. Clever stuff really. Check out our sealant for wheelchair tyres here.
4. Puncture Resistant Tyres - Yes there is a difference between puncture proof and puncture resistant, one stops punctures the other reduces the chance of them. Brands such as Schwalbe offer their tyres with kevlar belts on the main body of the tyre, this is much tougher than just rubber making it harder for anything to penetrate while out and about. This is a great option if you're needing to change your tyres and it's always spending that little bit more for added peace of mind. To check out our Schwalbe wheelchair tyres click here.
All in all these options may cost that bit more, but what you'll save in time, peace of mind and frustration is well worth paying for in our humble opinion. We hoped these four options helped and if there is anything else you need when it comes to wheelchair tyres just get in touch, we're happy to help.