When you get your first wheelchair, you probably had no idea you need a good pump to go with it. In fact, it took a kind soul at sporting event I was at that pointed out that the 60 psi I had in my tyres might not be the fastest until I realised the importance of inflation!
A good pump is a very useful investment for any wheelchair user..
How often you need to pump your tyres depends upon how far your travelling the more active you are in a chair means more regular pumping – but they will go down over time even if you spend your time on the couch.
A good rule of thumb is to pump up your tyres every 2 weeks with a good pump – one with a gauge, so that you can see what pressure you’re getting. Unfortunately service station pumps are usually limited to 40 or 50psi which is more than enough for Scooters etc but if your running high pressure tyres they just can't pump that high.
Keeping your tyres properly inflated is the best way to prevent punctures and ensure a smooth ride. Every time you jump into your chair, give your tyres a quick squeeze and at least make sure they’re not punctured!”
The ‘correct’ range of PSI for your tyres will be written on the sidewall. If you’re a lighter rider, or it’s wet, stick to the lower end of the spectrum, whilst if you’re a heavier rider, you should stay closer to the top end of the scale.
Next time you pump your tyres to the ‘right’ pressure, give them a good squeeze, and get used to how squishy, or non-squishy, that feels. In time, you’ll get used to this and be able to identify when your tyres need a little boost on feel alone.