Want to know how to puncture proof your mobility scooter tyres? Here is our rapid fire guide on all things puncture resistant when it comes to your mobility scooter tyres.
There are three main ways to puncture proof mobility scooter tyres, all of which give you that extra level of protection against those dreaded punctures! Read below to find out more:
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 inner tubes plus you never need to pump your tyres up again. 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. Plus when it comes to feel and handling, a solid tyre can be a compromise over a pneumatic tyre. Check out our range of puncture proof mobility scooter tyres here.
2. Tyre Inserts
Similar to option one above but less expensive! Instead of replacing the whole tyre with a puncture proof one; you can in some cases 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). However, replacing the air with an insert will again compromise weight. Plus getting a specific insert for your tyre can be tricky depending on size and specification. Check out our range of mobility scooter tyre inserts here.
3. Puncture Sealants
Third on the list and the least expensive option is a puncture sealant. These work by putting a small amount of puncture gel in each tube. As the tyre rotates the sealant coats the inside of the tube and if there are any tiny holes (up to a certain size) the fibres in the slime 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. Plus it only adds a small amount of weight and doesn't compromise the handling and feel of your tyres too much either.
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. In most cases it's weighing up the compromise of added cost and weight vs. fewer (or no punctures). Plus finding the happy medium of grip and handling you require vs. the puncture proofing options. It really is a personal choice of what works best in every individuals situation.
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.