First flat....man, that sucked!

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Warner, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Warner

    Warner Member

    I got my first flat today coming in to work...and man did that suck! I was about half way to work when I thought I heard a short hiss, when I looked down to see my back tire was indeed flat. Bogus! So I pulled over and changed it out, which took me about a half hour (rack mount kit...first time changing a flat with this rig, and I found that although adjustable wrenches fit everything, they don't always fit well everyWHERE! So I'm going to toss a couple of axle nut wrenches in with my tools. Good news is I had a spare tube and pump, etc with me. Bad news is after changing it all out I somehow messed up my deraileur a bit....didn't have time to figure it out as I was already going to be late (but was only a couple minutes late). Ah well....it was bound to happen! Whatever I ran over was pretty substantial, as it put a cut almost 1/2" long through my kevlar reinforced tires. I cut a piece off of the old tube and put it between the new tube and the inside of the tire to give some additional protection to the new tube.


    Warner
     

  2. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    I guess that is one thing never thought about really while MB commuting to work....

    You are at the mercy of those two skinny little tires and tubes!

    Nice work though with the 30 minute pitstop!
     
  3. Warner

    Warner Member

    Good thing I had:

    Tools
    A spare tube
    A pump

    I could do it much faster next time, and with proper tools. It's a little bit "interesting" getting the back tire off a rack mount....hehehe....and it's even MORE "interesting" getting it back ON!

    Warner


    PS - I hit over 38 MPH on my way in after that......
     
  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    Something that we know - in time is bound to happen - but yes - it sucks !!! I just repaired a spoke - on the rear - and yes - the derailer can be a problem - not to bend that important thing. At this time I have been going on some long rides several times a week - taking with me - NOT MUCH in the way of repair parts or tools - depending on my Kevlar 40 dollar tires - who am I fooling - MYSELF - a fool is one WHO FOOLS HIMSELF !! When I get a flat - I will remember this thread !! Happy Riding from - Mountainman
     
  5. Warner

    Warner Member

    I would have been SCREWED without the spare tube, pump, and tools....and with my big <donkey> bags I have plenty of room in them for stuff.


    Warner
     
  6. Warner

    Warner Member

    Follow up - My commute home:

    After my flat experience on the way into work yesterday, I stopped off at Performance bike shop on my way home to get some more spare tubes and have them look at my rear derailleur (which looks like it need to be replaced). After he adjusted my frame and derailleur, I used their compressor to fill my tire up properly (it's tough to get over 60 psi with the little hand pump) and went to do a quick lap (pedaling) out in their parking lot. I rode about 20 feet before I heard "ssssssssss". The original damage to the tire was so bad that the tube poked through it and bursted again. So back into the store to buy a new tire and replace the tube again. What a job! I learned a lot about my bike though....some things that need fixing and some steps I need to take when changing a flat......all good. It sucked how long it took to get home, but it's all part of the learning process and I still love the bike. I ordered these liners that a cycling friend pointed me to yesterday ( https://www.turtleskin.com/store/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SPINSKINSDURO ). I also found a local shop that carries those Specialized Nimbus Armadillo tires so I might give those a shot. I want to read some reviews on them first though. Take the flats out of my commute and it's downright enjoyable! I don't work too much on the way IN to work (don't want to get all sweaty), but I work a little harder on the way home (starts with 2 miles of bike path - pedaling only) and take a shower when I get home.

    Warner
     
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  7. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    Might have been able to apply a tube patch to the inside of your tire - this can work in a fix for slight tears in tires. Today I perfer to buy a new tire fast - but - there were the days when I rode as long as I could on ANYTHING THAT I HAD !! Happy Riding from - Mountainman
     
  8. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Member

    A dollar bill makes for halfway decent tire boot in a pinch. I've also used those tourist fliers that all the hotels have.

    I too ride everything as long as possible. I've been known to sew tire sidewalls back together if the tread is still good, this is done with pieces of other tires for reinforcement and is able to withstand over 80 psi. I trust my work.
     
  9. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    I gotta get a better set of tires...my 27x1.25's are no match for a thorn.
     
  10. Warner

    Warner Member

    Mine are 1.25's as well. I'm going to buy the Specialized Armadillo Nimbus tires this week and install them this weekend (along with the Spinskins that I ordered, which should arrive on Friday). The Specialized Armadillo's are 1.5" I don't really want to go any wider than that....don't see a need and it will only make pedaling that much harder. I'm also thinking I'm going to do less riding on the shoulder and more riding taking a portion of the lane that's NOT full of debris (esp on Route 72 - Higgins Rd.)


    Warner
     
  11. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    Do they come in 27", or just 26"?
     
  12. Warner

    Warner Member

  13. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Member

    27" tires are a dying size, much like Schwinn's fractional balloon tire sizes. If you can make the swap to 700c rims you'll find a much greater selection of tires.

    The Halo Twin Rail 700 x 38c (1.5") is a sweet tire.
    http://www.halorims.com/HaloNew/twinrail-dc-700.html
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    I have the 29 x 2.3 size on my Redline Monocog 29er.
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2008
  14. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    That's what I have been seeing...no one makes anything but 1-1/8" or 1-1/4" for 27" wheels. I guess I will continue to look for a better bike to put my motor on.
     
  15. rjwenzel

    rjwenzel New Member

    Good deals on their way...

    I predict that you'll start to see very good deals on bikes at yard sales come winter/spring. Most of the big chains can't keep bikes in stock because of all of the people buying right now (gas prices). However, we all know that the majority of people who buy, tend to leave the thing parked after awhile and come winter or spring, they'll offer it up at the next yard sale. What a deal! I had trouble with the bearings and rims on the bike I just built out and was pricing out all new wheels . . . until I found some brand new wheels (with a quick release on the front) on a $10 yard sale bike . . . not to mention all of the other spare parts!
     
  16. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    That's what I'm hoping for with the Toyota Prius, and all the other small economical cars being bought up today. People are buying them up, and when they realize they are not sports cars and are slow, they will decide they are not fun anymore and sell them. Mostly rich people are buying them anyway, since around here you can't even find a USED Prius for less than $25K...the new ones are $28K-$30K.

    As far as tires go, I'm looking for a beach cruiser or mountain bike to put my motor on. I will break it in on the "ten speed", but that bike is less than comfortable so I will move the motor to something easier to ride, more upright and a bigger seat.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  17. Warner

    Warner Member

    I don't think you'll see a mass-selloff of the Prius (or other Hybrids) anytime soon. It's VERY difficult to part with that kind of gas mileage once you get used to it. My (non-hybrid) Civic gets about 30 MPG (even with my abusive driving style) and as much as I'd LOVE to get a Honda Ridgeline truck (and they are practically giving them away!) I just couldn't justify it with as many miles as I drive (my 2006 Civic has over 75k miles on it already). The extra gas cost would be as much as the payment on the truck.

    Warner
     
  18. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I get 35mpg on my junker KIA. It's good enough for me as I couldn't justify the extra expense of buying a hybrid. The savings in gas goes right into the extra technology inside the car for years to come. I would however get a honda insight if I had the chance. They're small but they get about 70mpg. Thats better than my Suzuki SV650. In fact I'd sell my motorcycle to get that kinda mileage.
     
  19. jg767

    jg767 Member

    I got my staton up and running saturday, went 5 miles, I was looking at my chain when I should have been looking at the road, hit apretty bad pot hole and got a flat, No problem to change, but I didn't put the masterlink clip on securely. 5 miles down the road my chain flew off, luckily I had my chainbreaker and a few spare links.
    BTW, I use 1.95 fairly smooth road tires, they ride like night and day compared to the thinner 1.50 mountain tires I previosly used. Especialy since I have more weight on the back wheel with the gearbox. I have heard that an ounce of weight on the wheel is worth 4 on the frame, so I stopped using liners and those thick inner tubes. I've had pretty good luck with flats, I just need to stay away from those big potholes. LOL. BTW my top speed with the 17 tooth gearbox sprocket is clos to 40mph. More than enough for me and it still climbs pretty good. The only issue I have is the gearbox is abit on the noisy side. Dave staton said to add 2 ounces of gear oil and run it a couple hundred miles. I've put a hundred and it's getting alittle better. Any issues with yours?
     
  20. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    I would change the tires on my bike, but they are 27" and the fattest tires they make (that I can find) are 1-3/8". That's only 1/8" bigger than the 1-1/4" I have, so i wasn't going to bother. If I could find 1.5" tires in 27", I might try those.
     
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