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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
5/16/09 10:07 P

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Anne, that's a perfect baby nap activity!

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5/15/09 9:45 P

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These have all been great tips and, after my trip to the bike store, I now know the basics of changing my tire. I still need to practice, but that's what baby nap times are for!

Anne

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5/15/09 9:23 P

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I live in Pittsburgh, the city itself not the burbs. I have two bikes, an older mtb and a newer road bike. I have no issues with the mtb, but the last four times I have taken the road bike out I got a flat. Each time was the rear wheel. Each time involved a brand new tube. Each time I checked the tire inflation before the ride and it was solid, about 95 PSI. Each was a tiny puncture.

Needless to say, I have become a tire change expert. And I have orderded new, more city friendly tires.

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WONGERCHI's Photo WONGERCHI Posts: 3,889
5/14/09 4:51 P

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These flat prevention tips may come in handy - these are a mixture of my own tips, other peoples and things I've picked up from the net. I actually use all of them:

Before each ride, inspect and wipe down your tires. I use a gloved hand for this, and wipe down and inspect the sidewalls for bits of glass etc that could get into the tire and puncture it. I also check that it's not rubbing anywhere it shouldn't and that the brakes haven't been knocked. Takes 30 seconds per wheel.

When inflating the tire (at least once in two days), there is absolutely no need to go up to the recommended PSI written on the sidewall. If you're running 23C tires then 100psi is enough (I run 100 front/105 back, some of my lighter friends run 90-100). This increases comfort, and the prevents the tire from being rock hard so that things can bounce off it easier rather than penetrate.

The tip above assumes that you have a good floor pump with a tire pressure gauge. A handheld gauge is also useful - my floor pump gauge reads 10psi higher than my handheld one.

Run slightly bigger tires. There's no more rolling resistance from a 25C tire than a 23, but you get more comfort and increased flat protection. If you run bigger tires, drop down 10psi - I run my 25C tires at 90/95.

When installing your tires - make sure that the label of the tire is at the valve stem. Not only does this look neat, but it gives you an easy and consistent reference point to locate any bits of debris that is still in the tire.

When you find the offending item, go around the tire again (with gloves) to see if there's anything else in there that you missed.

Make sure your saddlebag is full of the right tire-changing items and make sure you know how to use them. I have a tendency to not replace my tubes unless I make the effort to do it!

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 5/14/2009 (16:51)
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I learned how to change a flat when I first started riding as an adult. I haven't had many flats over the years, but when I do, I am usually with a friend who can do it much faster than me--and somehow always manages to take over, despite the fact that I start and try (I don't ask--they are just anxious to get moving again). So last year, when I was riding alone and got a flat, I was happy to sit on the grass and make the change. Some riders stopped to make sure I didn't need help, waited for me to finish, and then invited me to join them.

On our tri club rides, everyone is told to have at least one spare tube and the tools to use it. We also have a tire changing clinic every year at the beginning of the season, so everyone has the know-how. And rainy days when you can't get your ride completed are the perfect time for practice.

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5/13/09 2:20 P

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It bugs me how many people don't know how to change a flat tire. I was at a Triathlon club group ride over the weekend and had to change 2 flats. None of them were mine, and none of the riders had any of the necessary tools or skills.

When I first started road cycling regularly (at 13) one of the first things I was told was "learn how to change a flat." Why people refuse to learn (or practise!) this essential skill is beyond me. Watch at the LBS or YouTube or even learn from a book, and then practise at home. You're in the warm, dry and you have as much time as you need to change a tire. On the two bikes I have, I probably change both sets at least once a year.


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MOMMABEAR45 Posts: 16
5/12/09 11:19 A

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Great story! and a great kick for me to learn how to change a tire. :) Stopping at my bike shop to learn as well!

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5/11/09 7:05 A

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You will be very glad to learn just how easy it is to change a flat!
Better to carry a spare tube than just a patch kit.
Also carry a piece of flexible plastic to cover a hole in the tire if needed. If you ride in town or busy roads you can probably find something in the litter.....


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5/10/09 10:38 P

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Oh, the irony of this thread. I was out for my Mother's Day gift ride, hoping to do a 28-mile ride with my new pedals and shoes. I was 23.22 miles into it, feeling great, went through a light and had the distinct feel and sound of a flat. Never before in my life!! I've been saying I'm going to learn to fix a flat..., but hadn't yet. I had to call the house and have my husband come get me. I was so disappointed at not getting to finish my ride and accomplish my goal. I'm going to be at my LBS as soon as they open tomorrow and they are going to teach me how to fix a flat. By the way, it was my rear tire!

Anne

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Good for you. I would be sure he learns how.



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You go girl!! So him Girl Power!! emoticon

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5/9/09 7:13 P

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Congratulations!
Great story!

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Here's my tire changing story: I was out for ride Sat. morning with my husband. We had climbed the escarpment near our town and were in the country. He got a flat, started cursing, "Now we'll have to walk back". I'm looking at him, "Why?" He told me he didn't have a spare. But I had my patch kit. Turns out he had never changed a tube either. So he sat in the grass on the side of the road while I looked after it. I had learned how to do it through a safe cycling course. He was pleased as punch to discover this skill I had!!!

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