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February 2016

How To Fit A Tyre / Tube

By Andrew Atkinson 3 years ago


  • Always work in a clean environment where possible.
  • Before fitting check that the tyre is the correct size for the rim and there are no obvious signs of damage or manufacturing defect.
  • If using a new inner tube (advisable) check that it is the correct size for the tyre you are fitting it to. If you are re using an existing inner tube carefully check that there is no visible damage from foreign bodies or fitting damage from previous use.
  • Check the rim carefully for signs of damage in particular those parts that will be in contact with the tube.
  • Carefully check that the tyre and inner tube are free of debris. If the wheel has spokes fitted check that the correct rim band is fitted and positioned to cover the heads of the spokes.
  • For a one piece rim fit one side of the tyre to the rim first then fit the inner tube into the tyre and partially inflate - this will avoid pinching the tube when fitting the other bead. Position the tyre and tube on the rim so that the bottom bead is located and the top bead sits on the rim. Using the correct fitting levers carefully ease the second bead onto the rim taking care not to pinch the inner tube between the tyre and rim. Extra care should be taken with the last portion of the tyre when prising onto the rim to avoid breaking the bead wire.
  • For a two piece rim place the tube inside the tyre and partially inflate before putting the two rim pieces together. When bolting the two halves together check carefully that the inner tube does not become trapped between the two halves.
  • When the tyre has been successfully fitted carefully check that it is fitted concentrically on the rim (there is generally a ring around the bead area to enable correct positioning).
  • During inflation check that the tyre remains in position and does not hang up on part of the rim. The valve area can sometimes be a problem on narrow tyres as the base of the valve can become trapped between the tyre bead and the rim; if this occurs carefully push the valve partially through the valve hole into the tyre and continue inflating.
  • Always inflate the tyre to the correct pressure (check the wheelchair/scooter handbook for the recommended tyre pressure) do not take the maximum pressure data on the sidewall of the tyre as the correct pressure this is merely a guide as to the maximum pressure it can be inflated to.
  • Check that the valve is not leaking.
  • Fit a proper valve cap that includes an internal seal as this is the primary air seal. Plastic dust caps should be avoided as they have no pressure sealing properties but are better than nothing.
  • Replace the wheel taking care to ensure that the wheels nuts are tight or the quick release axle is properly located.
  • Finally tyre pressures should be checked regularly to ensure correct and trouble free operation of the tyre.

How to use suction grab rails

By Andrew Atkinson 3 years ago

The number one reason for return of a suction product is the surface customers try to stick to isn’t smooth! Suction products WILL NOT STICK TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN A PERFECTLY SMOOTH SURFACE.

We can’t stress enough the word SMOOTH not nearly or quite smooth we mean perfectly smooth.

If you experience problems with a suction product please try sticking it to glass. (Test on a window, cooker door or even your car windscreen) You will more than likely find that it sticks fine thus eliminating the product.

Suction products returned as faulty which test fine will be subject to restocking fees.

Suction Grab Rail General Instructions

  • Suction grab rails are designed to assist your natural motion, as when getting in and out of a shower. They are not designed to hold or support your full body weight.
  • Suction grab rails can be used where permanent drilling and fixing is not possible.
  • Do not attach to moving surfaces.

Choosing a Location

  • Suction grab rails are designed for use only on smooth non-porous surfaces; tile, glass, porcelain, some plastics. Not for use on painted, papered, wood, embossed surfaces.
  • Check the condition of the support surface before positioning the rail.
  • Support surfaces should be sound and free from defects.
  • Do not mount the rail where it will be in direct sunlight.
  • Check the condition of the suction cups. Do not use if damaged, cracked or split.
  • Do not attempt to mount the Quick Rail on mosaic or embossed tiles.


  1. Thoroughly clean the surface with a solvent cleaner or alcohol wipe and allow to dry.
  2. Raise the suction levers; place the rail so that the suction cups lie firmly and completely on a smooth surface.
  3. Do not place over joints or grout lines.
  4. Push the rail towards the wall whist simultaneously pressing on one lever at one end, then the other. You should feel resistance as the suction cup tightens.
  5. Check secure attachment before each use.


  1. Lift each of the levers.
  2. If suction remains, gently lift one edge with a finger.
  3. Do not use a sharp instrument which may damage the suction cup.
  4. Clean the suction cups from time to time with a non-abrasive cleaner.

You can view our range of Suction Grab Rails by clicking here

How To Apply For A Mobility Scooter Tax Disc

By Andrew Atkinson 3 years ago

Hopefully the questions & answers below will help you decide if you need to register & TAX your Mobility Scooter with the DVLA

How to register a NEW class 3 Mobility Scooter - You need to complete a V55/4 form which can be ordered for FREE from the DVLA by clicking here . Or you can download one by clicking here You may also wish to download the DVLA guide INF210 to help with this process.

How to register a USED class 3 Mobility Scooter - You need to complete a V55/5 form which can be ordered for FREE from the DVLA by clicking here . Or you can download one by clicking here You may also wish to download the DVLA guide INF211 to help with this process.

Do I need to Register & TAX my Mobility Scooter? - Yes if you have a class 3 Mobility Scooter.

What is a class 3 scooter? - It is a scooter that is between 113.5 to 150kgs in weight and can travel faster than 4mph BUT no faster than 8mph. It MUST also be fitted with a switch to limit the maximum speed to 4mph so the scooter can be used on footpaths. Generally speaking class 3 scooters are large outdoor machines.

Do I need a number plate? - When you register with DVLA you will be given a registration number in the same way as registering a car. However unlike a car there is currently no legal requirement to display the number plate.

Do I have to display the TAX disc - No, From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle.

How much will the TAX cost? - Road TAX for class 3 Mobility Scooters is currently FREE.

Should I have insurance? - Although it is not a legal requirement, it is strongly advised to have insurance. Suitable schemes are not too expensive and are available to cover your personal safety, other people’s safety and the value of the vehicle. Click here for more information on Mobility Insurance

Who should I call for more help - For further information please call the DVLA on 0300 790 6802