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Wheelchair Trays and Their Accessories

Wheelchair Trays and Their Accessories

Our Product Range and Handy Extras

When you’ve found the perfect wheelchair tray for your needs, there are additional extras you could consider to enhance its usability even further. Our range of wheelchair trays not only gives you scope for choice when you’re initially choosing which tray suits you best but each has specific accessories which enhance its functionality. Let’s take a look at each one in turn.

Trabasack Curve

The Trabasack Curve Wheelchair Tray

The Original Trabasack Curve

The Curve was our original design. It brings together all the functions of a regular wheelchair tray but also includes a spacey bag compartment. The tray top is both sturdy and secure and allows for easy use when placed upon your lap. The product is extremely light weight and you can place it on your lap with ease and have instant access to whatever you may need. You can keep everything from your laptop to drinks and food atop the Trabasack tray surface and rest assured they’re perfectly safe. The leather look surface is also wipe-clean so you can clean up any spillages in seconds.

The product is designed with wheelchair users in mind with its ergonomic curved design hugging the contours of your body comfortably. Unlike other trays on the market the Curve fits perfectly to any lap and comes with a range of straps to help with security. You can also easily hang it from the back of your chair when not in use.

Trabasack Mini

Trabasack Mini Wheelchair Tray

The Compact and Versatile Mini Trabasack

Our Mini model includes all the top features of the Curve but is extremely compact and super lightweight. For use specifically with smaller multimedia devices such as iPads and other tablets, the Mini is the perfect business wheelchair tray. It weighs a tiny 700g and is perfect if you need a compact wheelchair tray you can easily store away when not in use.

The Mini also features a bag compartment and like the originally designed Curve sits comfortably on your lap without exerting any pressure.

Accessories for your Trabasack Mini

We recommend buying additional side straps to enhance your Mini Trabasack’s functionality. It comes fitted with two long straps for attaching around your waist or hanging from your chairs handles but if you want to secure it to your chair’s armrests, additional straps would be a good idea.

Connect Surface Models

Trabasack Curve Connect Wheelchair Tray + Media Mount

Trabasack Curve Connect + Media Mount

We have also developed both our Mini and Curve models to give you everything you’d expect from our original designs plus one innovative, additional extra. The wheelchair tray surface of the Connect models is coated in our unique Connect material. It’s super soft and designed so you can attach and secure items to your tray top safely. It uses hook and loop technology and is a great option if you travel regularly and need items to be held in place whilst you move over difficult surfaces and navigate public transport.

The Curve Connect can also be personalised with a coloured trim and comes with a range of straps to attach it to your chair. The Mini Connect is equipped with two long straps so as above you may decide additional side straps are a worthwhile purchase.

Accessories for your Trabasack Curve or Mini Connect

Hook Tapes

We recommend purchasing great value Trabasack Hook Tapes with your Curve Connect. These hook tapes are self-adhesive and allow you to use the Velcro receptive surface of your wheelchair tray immediately.

Trabasack Media Mount

This is our newest development and it has been very successful. It is a fully functional mounting device which can support media devices in use with your wheelchair tray. It can hold any device at the right angle for use ad can also be wrapped around specific items to secure them in place.

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Powerchairs and problems with pavements

Powerchairs and problems with pavements

Today I read a very interesting post from the Tentacles of Doom blog. It was about the frustrations of using a powerchair for the first time by twitter user Latent Existence. Many people who use chairs have a real problems with pavements and kerbs, lack of dropped kerbs, slopes and adverse cambers on pavements and paths.

Here is an extract that describes many of the problems of using a powerchair in a town:

“Getting to a junction and finding no dropped kerbs and therefore no way to leave the pavement and cross is frustrating.

Having to backtrack to the last dropped kerb is also frustrating.

Having no matching dropped kerb on the other side and having to take the chair along the road is dangerous.

Latent Existence in a powerchair.

Curved dropped kerbs that go round the corner are a pain. Wheelchairs are supposed to take the kerb at 90 degrees to avoid toppling. Having to turn 45 degrees to do that is irritating, AND the pavement is at odd angles that push the chair to one side.

A dropped kerb that crosses the pavement all the way to someone’s driveway makes the chair go down then up again. Having these repeatedly all the way along the street makes the chair go up and down continuously. They can also make the chair swerve into the road unless paying perfect attention and deploying light-speed reflexes.

A dropped kerb is supposed to be dropped. That means going down to road level. Not two or three inches above it. When a chair goes over that, it lurches wildly back and forth.

When a too-high kerb is combined with a round-the-corner curved dropped kerb that simultaneously goes up a hill on one road and down a hill on the other road, the combined angles plus speed necessary to climb the kerb mean that the chair will topple.

Flailing wildly when going over will wrench muscles, twist the back, neck and shoulders, and cause extreme pain and swearing.

Finding no way to get from pavement to road to pavement so that you can cross is bloody annoying. Did I already do that one? Well I’m doing it again because it’s BLOODY ANNOYING.

Tree roots growing under the path and tearing it up can lift one side of a chair, causing it to tip disturbingly to one side.

Cars parked on the pavement deserve to be scratched as I go past.

Pavements full of pot holes, cracks, patches and worn away surface are not just a minor irritant, they make the journey a hell full of dragging, rattling, lurching, bumping and worse.

A path is supposed to be wide enough to use. Six inches of goat trail with smashed up tarmac surrounded by tall grass and weeds right at the edges on both sides is not acceptable. Grass to within six inches of the road edge is definitely not acceptable.

Paths so old that their height varies by several inches NEED FIXING. You can’t leave that.

I got stuck on patches of broken pavement so bad that one wheel went in a hole. Not once, but twice. I couldn’t avoid the hole because the grass verge had covered the pavement.

I had to negotiate places where the broken, narrow path went through potholes, gravel and old stones at the edge, merged with driveways, with grass covering it at 45 degree angles. I lurched wildly.”

These are all problems that I have encountered with my wife who uses a powerchair. Other countries are often worse but the UK still has a long way to go. The full blog post can be read here http://trabasack.visibli.com/share/wE4ROD

 

Powerchairs that do not have problems with pavements

 

We have a friend, Chris, who imports powerchairs that have 4 wheel drive and can go over the roughest terrain. Watch this video for more

 

Powerchairs like that do not have problems with pavements, click for more info on Chris’s All terrain wheelchairs and Four X powerchairs They have independent controls on all four wheels (four wheel drive) and are extremely tough and resistant to any difficult going.  They have  a unique suspension and shock absorbing abilities and a centre of gravity adjustment system. There are able to tilt in space and can even go downstairs! This is the sort of chair that ‘Latent’ would be happier in I think.

Trabasack a powerchair tray on difficult terrain

Trabasack can be used a wheelchair or powerchair tray, it has straps so that you can keep it on when on bumpy or uneven terrain. You can use a waist strap to go right around your body or the chair to hold it on. Or you can use our ‘side straps’ to attach to the armrests or anywhere at the side of a wheelchair or powerchair frame. They is a lot of flexibility with these four straps to give lots of options.

Also the beans in the beanbag give a slight cushioning and suspension when going over bumps so that it is more stable than ordinary trays. I have sent a trabasack to Mr Existence and his review will be featured on this blog soon!

 

UPDATE after posting I received this tweet

@ Good stuff. You're going to like what I've been working up. It involves video, a powerchair, rough terrain and a trabasack!
@latentexistence
Tentacle Sixteen

I am now very excited!

Wheelchair tray testimonial

Dr Mark Edworthy is a trabasack user of two years now and he has been one of our most enthusiastic supporters. He bought a trabasack in April 2009 at our launch at Naidex, NEC, Birmingham.

Ever since then we have regularly seen him at shows and events around the country as he is often booked as a public speaker. We asked him if he would say a few words about how he uses trabasack for a video. He said he would be delighted and we recorded this last week.

Mark uses trabasack to work on when he travels around the country by train. It supports his laptop and he uses it to carry his work notes and documents. He also uses it during his public speaking events, and as a wheelchair tray for drinks and food at restaurants.

We are very pleased that he still has the one he bought two years ago and, despite daily use, it has proved very hard wearing and durable.

Mark is seen using trabasack in his manual wheelchair but he also uses it in his powerchair. He says it is the most useful accessory he has found as it is a lap tray and wheelchair bag . Click for more information and to purchase a trabasack wheelchair tray.

Trabasack Wheelchair Tray at Naidex 2011

Trabasack wheelchair tray at Naidex 2011

 

Here is a picture of our stand at Naidex this year. Just after being told we had come second in the Naidex Style Award.

We had a great show again this year. Although we appreciate that Trabasack can be used by anyone, we are very pleased that one of its best uses is as a wheelchair tray. We have exhibited each year at Naidex since our launch there in 2009, and every year we have sold over 100 trabasacks to wheelchair users or children in buggies (for use as a buggy tray).

 

Each year we meet many customers who have bought one the previous year and give us terrific feedback about how trabasack has helped them with eating, drinking, or using communication aids and laptops.

This year we met up with Dr Mark Edworthy who often gives talks at Naidex about his inspirational accessible housing renovations or his adventures flying a Tiger Moth. We were pleased to see him again this year. Mark’s wife bought him a Trabasack at our first show two years ago and he is a big fan and still uses it every day. Here is Mark giving a talk at Naidex 2010.

Dr Mark Edworthy using Trabasack as a wheelchair tray

Dr Mark Edworthy using Trabasack as a wheelchair tray

 

Mark gave us a lot of encouragement when we first started and we are grateful to him for his enthusiasm.

Here are his comments ”

“I bought one, and within half-an-hour was using it to support my laptop at the seminar I gave at Naidex (Inspirational Housing Design).

Since then I have used it regularly, and sent feedback to Clare. Whenever I use it I often get people asking about it so the product is certainly attracting attention – because it’s fantastic.

I have the smaller Trabasack which suits me, although if you produce a slightly larger version, that would be useful. I like to travel light if I go to a meeting by train, and I can get all my notes and bits and bobs in the trabasack. Similarly, I now use it wherever I have a speaking engagement.

I think the best way to sell the product is to get it into peoples hands. I wouldn’t have bought from a website, but after handling the smaller trabasack at Naidex, I had to buy one. – Well, to be honest, my wife bought it for me as a late birthday present ! – but you get the idea.

Keep up the good work!”

 

We had some more recent feedback from Mark Mayer known as Markinsutton on twitter!

been looking for a new bag for my wheelchair for a while now. I have fairly large bag that hooks over the back of my chair which is nice if I have someone with me who can reach to the bottom of it and if I have to do loads of shopping but isn’t that practical for everyday use. Plus having to twist round to reach anything out the back of my chair hurts my back.

I decided I was going to take a look at what I could find at Naidex in London last year. What a disaster day that ended up becoming. I got held up at Victoria couldn’t get to next station needless to say I never made it to Naidex, I was gutted. Lucky for me Duncan Edwards the founder of Trabasack contacted me on Twitter. I am normally one who likes to look at things before I buy them to see whether or not they will work.. so I was a little nervous to buy a Trabasack without looking.

I was going to wait until Naidex Birmingham this year before buying a one but after a chat with Duncan on Twitter he suggested I buy a Mini Connect Trabasack as this would suit me the best. I wanted to use it to put my PDA/laptop in as well as somewhere to keep my keys and general tech I carry around to help me communicate. I also wanted something I could rest things down on my lap without them falling off onto the floor so Duncan suggested the connect surface would be ideal for me.

Mark using Trabasack

Mark using Trabasack

I ordered my Trabasack late on a Sunday night and it arrived in speedy delivery Tuesday morning. I was delighted as I wasn’t expecting it to arrived so quickly. Its in my nature when ever I get anything practical I buy new to find out what the limitations are of what I have brought. I do this with everything from Laptops, phones to bags and clothes.

I quickly got it out and put the Trabasack on my lap. First thing I noticed was how comfortable it felt. Normally with tables I had on my lap I used before I felt that they rock or don’t feel stable on my lap but the Trabasack didn’t have these problems. It was light yet stable on my lap. I was really starting to think wow, this is a good buy. This gave me an idea I could also use it in bed so racing into the bedroom I sat up in the bed put the Trabasack on my lap and open

up my laptop, Cool I thought! What also surprised me is normally when I lean over to get something from my side table my laptop takes a dive for the floor. This didn’t happen thanks to the design of Trabasack the surrounding edges stop things falling off even without the use Velcro surface.

After trying out a number of possible uses for the Trabasack and being able to put everything I want inside including my Laptop that fits perfectly I used it when I went shopping this week. Being able to keep everything in it rather than my coat or trouser pockets made it so much easier. For those who have ever had to use a wheelchair getting anything out your trouser pockets is not easy, especially door keys. I was delighted just how much I now used my Trabasack, the only regret I have is I didn’t buy one sooner. Not having to twist around in my chair to get things out my bag which is hooked on the back of my chair makes my life so much easier and pain free from having to keep twisting around all the time.

Trabasack is a great design and product for anyone. Even if you are not a wheelchair user its versatile to use and looks pretty cool too. I use mine everywhere from sat up in bed typing on my laptop  to eating my dinner on the sofa watching TV in the evening. I worried this sounds like a plug for Trabasack and no Duncan is not paying me to write this I just think it’s a wonderful product and one I would recommend to anyone.”

This originally appeared on Markinsutton’s Blog