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Fixing Flats, Pts I and II(10 posts)

Fixing Flats, Pts I and IIT-Doc
Dec 30, 2003 12:07 PM
Part I- How NOT to fix a flat.
Out for nice 65 miler last Saturday, I got a flat right outside of Bellville. No problem...I come well equipped with 2 CO2 cylinders, a minipump, spare tube, and a tube patch kit. So I pull out the old tube, put in the new and refit the tire on the rim. No problem. But rather than using the CO2 cylinder, I decide to use the minipump, because I believe I am strong enough to pump it up to 110 PSI. At 80 psi, I break the stem off the tube. Now I have two bad tubes, but one may be repairable. So I pull out my trusty repair kit, only to find that most of the patches are gone and the only ones left look pretty bad. I try them anyway, going through the both of my CO2 cylinders. Now I hike into Bellville, (about 2 miles walking in Sidi road shoes and carrying a bike)... and in a hardware store find another patch kit...try to repair the tube 3 more times, using the pump. I finally get a decent patch on the tube but find that one of the tube seams is failing with multiple leaks, probably from manipulating the tube so many times. I finally give up and hitch a ride the last 15 miles back to my car.
cellphone and a supportive wife works too:-) nmDave Hickey
Dec 30, 2003 12:13 PM
cellphone and a supportive wife works too:-) nmT-Doc
Dec 30, 2003 12:16 PM
I called her and told her she might have to drive the 60 miles to pick me up...she asked, " Did you break your thumb?" She's supportive but not that supportive. ;) See part 2 below.

Happy New Year and ride safe.
Mark
LOLDave Hickey
Dec 30, 2003 12:29 PM
FYI, Mrs. H would have told me the same thing.
re:LOLcyclopathic
Dec 30, 2003 1:26 PM
how 'bout: "don't call me if you end up squished by 18-wheeler" ;)
Part IIT-Doc
Dec 30, 2003 12:13 PM
How TO fix a flat:

The next day, Sunday, I go for a quick 25 miler on my fixie in the morning. Two miles from home I get a flat. Not only did I remember to put a new tube and CO2 cylinder in my saddle pack, but I remember to bring my peanut butter wrench as well! I inflate the old tube, find the hole, find the corresponding spot on the tire(Conti Gatorskin !!???), and promptly remove the piece of glass. The replace the tube, inflate with CO2 and I'm on my way home.

It seems like I haven't had a flat in months, and having two in one weekend on different bikes, with such different outcomes was kind of amusing. The moral in my mind is when you have mechanical trouble on your bike, the enemy of good is perfect...you want to get it "good enough" to get home.
Part IIdaniell
Dec 30, 2003 1:05 PM
Yesteray I was out riding. I usually take my mountain bike in the Winter because I get less flats with it. About 15 miles from home I get a flat. After changing the tube, I took out my mini pump. Completely dead. (I have had bad luck with mini pumps.)After asking around, I was directed to gas station about a quarter of mile away. I made the walk. That was the first time in my life that I paid for air. It was 50 cents. I would have paid 10 dollars. The temperature was dropping, and I was getting cold.
A brief story. Many years ago when I was in Italy, I befriended a bicyle store owner. I said in broken Italian, why do you charge for air? Air is free. He replied by saying, if air is free, blow into the tire.
T-Doc, say hello to Mr. Murphy... and his Law... (nm)Akirasho
Dec 30, 2003 1:18 PM
Be the bike.
This is probably overkill, but......DINOSAUR
Dec 30, 2003 5:21 PM
I pack two tubes

CO2 locked and loaded, plus at least 3 spare cartridges.

4 or 5 Park Glue-less patches.

A small Torelli mini pump.

Cell phone.

This stuff adds up to practically nothing, but peace of mind is worth it.
I'm surprised you got a ride.bimini
Dec 31, 2003 7:43 AM
Nothing in this world looks goofier than a roadie (myself included) walking his bike in his carbon shoes, helmet and spandex.

I've been in the same situation, 15 miles from nowhere and broke the stem only my only tube. After walking two miles to the nearest town I found that the place only had a quicky mart and a hardware store. No presta tubes. My wife was at work so I ended up riding the flat tire home. I put the flat on the front wheel and off I went. They were junk tires and junk steel rims so no big deal if they were damaged. (I did not know the trick about stuffing the flat with leaves and paper).

Since then I always carry a spare tube and a patch kit. I never try to get even close to full pressure with the bike pump. It's hard not to break a stem if you are going for high pressure. Just enough to get me on my way home or to the closest gas station pump.

I miss my old steel frame pump from the 70's. Had a nice flexible tube for hooking up to the valve so you could pump it up without breaking the stem and made a great club for dogs and such. I don't know why they have gotten away from the flexible hoses on the bike pumps.