Not the most elegant title, but we all, at times, have to carry stuff on our powerchairs, and even manual chairs. As you can just about see, there’s a rucksack on the seat-back, but there are things that need to be carried in front of me – my laundry bag, a shopping bag, and even refuse bags being taken out to the bin room. The system shown here is the latest incarnation of the one I developed over 20 years ago for use on a manual chair.
In the pic, a 30cm climbers’ tape sling is attached to each armrest support (the knots are to regulate the length), at the end of each there’s a karabiner ( aka krab – I have a pair of red ones to match the chair somewhere!), and another tape loop between the crabs.
The multicoloured strap on the seat is looped through the top of a refuse bag (I use the type with “ears” which, when not tied too tightly, form a double loop capable of taking the bag’s weight), clipped on to the crabs and snugged down tight, so the bag is against my legs, resting on my feet, and won’t swing to the side at all. In the bin room it’s a simple matter to unclip it and toss it in the bin – remembering to retrieve the strap first.
For my laundry bag, or a shopping bag, I dispense with the strap, clip each handle to a crab, and the loop you can see in the pic is also clipped in place, so that the krabs stay in position, not spread apart and cause the bag to drop out of reach – you could just as easily use the strap. (NB: It might be necessary to tie a knot in the handles to shorten them to the ideal length.)
And that’s it. Very simple, very robust, and the weight is born by the strongest part of the seat.
I’ve had my slings, as I say, a long time – each will support over 2,000kg, so they aren’t going to wear out any time soon – and identical ones seem to be no longer available, but two of these will get the job done.
The multi-coloured strap is an Arno strap, and they’re widely available (I have lots – they’re immensely versatile for a wheelie), but try these guys.
I have a couple more slings attached, end to end, to the back of my front door and, when I go out, I feed the bottom one through the letterbox – this allows me to pull the door shut behind me. Then, if I’m leaving the building, it’s the work of a moment to spin around, lock up, and I’m on my way. There’s no need for me to faff about pushing the tape back inside, as I’m in a secure building. If you’re not then best push it back, lest some genius thinks it’s hilarious to cut it off.