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Plethora of newbie questions(9 posts)

Plethora of newbie questionsmduell
Jan 14, 2002 9:08 PM
1. What is "crit" short for? This has been bugging me for a while...

2. Got my first flat today :(. Hit a couple ounce rock and about a mile later I hear squish squish squish, looked down, and Oh Joy... didnt have a patch kit, so I walked it to a friends and got a ride home. Should I get a new tube or a patch kit and just patch it this time?

3. Anyone know a good bike club in Santa Barbara, CA for a beginner?

TIA

Mark Duell
re: Plethora of newbie questionsBill RHIT
Jan 14, 2002 9:15 PM
1. "Crit" is short for Criterium, which is a fact paced race around usually a few city blocks. This race is more poular in America because fans can see the race more and it is faster paced.

2. I would go with an entirely new tube unless you are using expensive tubes. If you buy in bulk you can get them for around $4, with patching you add a little more risk of a flat. I carry a patch kit in case I flat on the roads twice.

3. Can't help there, sorry.

- Bill -
re: Plethora of newbie questionsMarco P
Jan 15, 2002 6:28 AM
'crit could also be hematocrit.

Crits are probably more popular in the US because of road closure requirements, rather than any concern for spectators.
re: Plethora of newbie questionsga
Jan 15, 2002 3:50 AM
Since you go the answer for 1 and the only sugeestion for 3 is to check local bike shops. for question #2. Carry in your seat bag a new tube and some glueless patches. If you don't have much experience changing tubes, pratice at home. Have fun.
flatsishmael
Jan 15, 2002 6:07 AM
for flats i find its easier to keep a really small pump, one lever, and a tube in a jersey back pocket....when you do fix it make sure there still isnt any glass or metal embedded in the tire..
re: flatstarwheel
Jan 15, 2002 6:43 AM
Here's my advice on avoiding and dealing flats. I rarely ever get them, which may be just luck but I like to think I've got something to do with it:

To prevent flats: Always pump your tires to the recommended pressure just before every ride. The flat you got sounds like a pinch flat, which is generally caused by not having enough pressure in the tire. Use regular weight tubes rather than ultralite, which are a little lighter and a lot more flat-prone. Make sure you have rim strips on your rims. Replace your tires before they get too worn out. You can rotate front and back as long as your rear tire has plenty of tread left, but never put a worn tire on the front because a flat in the front is more likely to cause a bad wreck. A better option is to swap the front tire to the rear, when the rear one wears out, and put a new tire in the front. That way you always have a good tire in front and you get maximum use from both.

Dealing with flats: Carry a spare tube in your seat bag to save time on the road, but also carry a tube repair kit in case you have two flats (or more). Learn how to fix a flat, either from a book or have someone show you how to do it. It's not hard. The main tricks are to check the inside of your flatted tire for glass, nails or other sharp objects that caused the flat in the first place. Also, be careful not to pinch the tube between the bead and the rim when you install the new tire. I use a CO2 inflater to fill my tires after flats and carry 3 cartridges; you need at least 2 cartridges because you may use part of one just finding the hole in your tube. Frame or mini-pumps are fine if you don't sitting by the side of the road pumping for a while.

As far as replacing tires, many on-line stores frequently run sales on their better quality tires (eg. Michelin Axial Pros, Conti GP 3000s, Panaracer, Performance Kevlar). I wait for sales, and then buy a bunch of tires. Eg, I was able to buy about a half-dozen Axial Pros this fall/winter for just over $20/each, which is not much more than cheapo tires at the bike shop.
Not beginner, quite seriousTroyboy
Jan 15, 2002 7:42 AM
http://www.echelonsantabarbara.org

Go see the upcoming Mothballs crit. A goodie.
I have to weigh in on the flat question...cory
Jan 15, 2002 8:52 AM
You've got good answers to everything, I think, but I'm sitting here waiting for a meeting to start, so I'll add a little about flats:
You're going to get them. I have at least two or three a week (75-150 miles, usually) in summer; I live in the land of Big Thorns and broken glass. My record is six on my 22-mile round-trip commute, and that's WITH a Mr. Tuffy. As you've presumably learned, don't go ANYWHERE without the gear to fix them.
I don't like glueless patches because they save only a few seconds per patch, at least 25 percent of them fail instantly and even their fans admit you have to rip them off later and replace them, or else toss the tube. Why not do the job right the first time?
FWIW, I also don't see any reason to toss a tube just because it's been patched. A standard glue-on patch is a permanent repair, stronger than the tube, and you can ride it forever. I have many tubes with multiple patches, and I can think of only one time I've blown one off, when there was Slime in the tube and I didn't clean it all off before I put on the glue. To save time when that's important, I carry a spare tube or two and swap them if I have a flat, then patch when I get home.
I agreesalmonwheel
Jan 15, 2002 9:45 AM
patches area permanent repair. I carry a spare tube and a patch kit. Depending on the puncture, I will generally change the tube, and patch the punctured tube when I get home, test it and put it in my seat bag for my backup. I go a long time rotating the tubes this way. I carry the tube instead of just a patch kit for 1. speed of replacement. 2. in case the tube gets wrecked beyond what's patchable, and rain ( I have a herd time getting patches to work in rain or snow. Also, I like frame pumps vs. mini pumps (I'm just not that strong) or CO2 (I'm just not that weak ; ) ) actually I'm not big on disposable solutions, remember when frames had pegs on them.

I don't flat that often but have had two in a single ride on more than one occasion, and 4 in one week.

SIX IN ONE COMMUTE, I would have been stuck, I don't carry that many patches.