I go pretty much everywhere out of the house in my powerchair (the only place I go with any regularity in the manual is sailing). And I get there in the powerchair. I don’t as a general rule use taxis as they are difficult to find around here (accessible ones) and expensive. Plus I live very very close to the train station and close to town so it’s not really necessary.
On a daily basis I would say I probably do two or three miles in the powerchair as it’s probably somewhere in the region of two miles to do a round trip to town. I say probably, I’ve never known for sure.
With the Salsa I wore the castors out several times (I forget how many but maybe three or four times? It’s hard to say as I wouldn’t usually need all four replacing at once). And it really irritated me as to me they should be much longer lasting than they were. Those things are expensive, the chair was expensive they should have been much more hard wearing.
It felt like everytime I called the tech out to service the chair it would either be a case of me telling him in advance I had a castor issue or he’d finish the service and find I needed them.
I ranted a lot about that each time it happened. And each time Mum would listen to me rant and then say she wished there was some way of my knowing how many miles I did with the chair. Because if I knew that I wouldn’t be ranting about them not being fit for purpose. It was an ongoing debate.
When they came out with the new powerchairs for me to trial we were going through the order form and the question of whether I stuck with a standard (VR-2) control system or went with the more advanced (R-net) control system came up. There was some sort of bundle thing where if I paid for R-net I got another one or two of the upgrades I was thinking of included with it (it was motor and batteries I was looking at, I forget which I got included)
Then came the next question: the price of the R-net control was for an LED one. For £80 ish extra I could have one with an LCD screen instead. What did I want?
I wasn’t feeling the need but I asked what that would give.
Well, it would have the date and time on it. I was a bit lukewarm on that and still not feeling the need.
It would also have a setting where you could see how many miles you’d done.
Yeah, I needed that in my life. Finally I’d be able to put that argument with Mum to bed. We’ve been taking guesses as to how many miles I do in my chair in a year ever since.
I’ve heard a couple of stories from the tech about people who were like me and convinced they weren’t doing much and the castors and tyres were crap until they upgraded to R-net and realised just how much they were doing.
I’m beginning to suspect that in a year’s time he’ll be out with another customer and telling them about me “yeah, Emma, she said she didn’t do much turns out she does XX miles a year and no wonder she needs bits replacing often.” Because with just three days of use I’ve put 9 miles on the chair. And I feel like I’ve really not done a lot. I definitely have days when I do a lot more.
I’m really intrigued to see just what the final number of miles on my tyres in a year turns out to be.