flat tires

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Tank352, May 10, 2016.

  1. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    I can ride all day, around 30 miles with short breaks. Leabe my bike alone for an hour or 2 ride some more and have no issue. But everyday when I wake up I have flat tires. Im on my 8th tube and changed tires 4 times (in case of glass etc) Im thinking when Im riding my tire heats up and when it cools I lose my air. I run at 40PSI.
     

  2. Rob H

    Rob H Member

    Aw Man U caught me u didn't get me on camera letting the air out did ya
     
  3. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    No lol. Should have got the night vision ones.
     
  4. Rob H

    Rob H Member

    I don't know what to tell you but I suppose you could try some slime or fix a flat but you will prolly rattle your fillings out riding around
     
  5. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    Im thinking if it goes flat so slow Ill just keep my little pump with me. I already carry a tool kit and spare tubes (2). Im thinking about the solid tires as well. Any experience with them?
     
  6. Rob H

    Rob H Member

    No experience with those tires but mechanically speaking that is a lot of rotating mass u might need a different wheel so u don't waffle the spokes while aggressively stopping or starting
     
  7. jatgm1

    jatgm1 Member

    when you changed your tube did you change your tire? the reason i ask, is if there is something stuck in your tire that popped the tube, and you only changed the tube, its probably still there, popping your tube. also, what type of valve are you using? i received two presta valve tubes, both times the valve core leaked. not sure why. the bike shop where i live sells the valve cores, which fixed the problem. also, i would absolutely recommend getting self sealing tires, or the slime stuff. and "mr tuffy" tire liners. i put two tire liners in each tire, their fantastic. also, make absolutely sure that you have something in between the tube, and the rim, because the little nuts or whatnot that connect the spokes to the rim could be popping the tube if one of them is a little too sharp. i have a layer of gorilla tape, then a rubber thing that i found on another tire, thats kinda like rim tape. this might not be the best way to do it, but after replacing my rear tire, and tube, and using gorilla tape, the rim tape, and mr.tuffy's im yet to have a problem. and i did indeed take my bike offroading a few times.
     
  8. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    Im going to line my tire with a few old tubes (i have plenty now) and thicken up some things. Add some self sealing slime and I already have tuffy liners. I rode today with no issue AGAIN so lets see what the AM brings. -side note- I was in a store buying a lock for my bike and a guy stole it, found him right up the road trying to crank it. Told him I knew how, got on cranked and rode off laughing. So I stole my bike that he stole from me lol. Gonna upload my first pic, well attempt to. 20160510_142303.jpg
     
  9. jatgm1

    jatgm1 Member

    have you experienced any issues by removing the exhaust cap?
     
  10. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    No I did it to reduce the backflow and increase the sound (let cars know I have a motor) It does seem to ride a little rough when I first start off but after 20mins of riding it just purrs and goes. I actually weigh 364pounds and have no issue with speed. This motor only has 15hours on it now. I average about 1500miles before I need to do a rebuild.
     
  11. Nanonevol

    Nanonevol Member

    That's a funny story! You were buying a lock and someone stole your bike! That's the definition of "irony"!
     
  12. jatgm1

    jatgm1 Member

    I would add a keyed ignition. That's what I did, it's a good deterrent.
     
  13. Steve Best

    Steve Best Active Member

    My experience with the cap off the exhaust was it sounded more powerful, but the top speed and speed up a hill were actually reduced when measured with a GPS.

    Steve
     
  14. 45u

    45u Active Member

    It only takes a minute to straight wire it the key switch is not much good. I have an alarm and if it is going to be out of sight for more then a few minutes I chain it up.
     
  15. 45u

    45u Active Member

    I would think so but have not tried it as the motor was designed to run the cap. I have many that want to put straight pipes on their Harley and my first question is you want to go slower? Drag or straight pipes only work well at wide open throttle and how often on the street are you running or able to run wide open. The true dual where the pipe are not connected together cuts down on low end torque and you do not have the scavenger affect. Pipes are made the way they are for a reason and if you want more performance get a GOOD pipe not junk or make your own.
     
  16. Tank352

    Tank352 New Member

    Fortunately for me Im in a location that allows long stretches of open trails and roads for WOT. However I do have an extra pipe that still has the cap and tend to use it in the city for the sake of others ears.
     
  17. Nanonevol

    Nanonevol Member

    No offense but you weigh 364 pounds and you wonder why you are getting flats?
     
  18. jatgm1

    jatgm1 Member

    i didnt even consider that, i mean, thats a bicycle, plus a gas engine, plus an extra couple hundred pounds. from what i understand they do sell hard rubber tires.
    http://www.tannus.com/#tires
    that should work.
     
  19. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    In my experience, the quality of the tube makes a big difference. Some low quality tubes are somewhat porous, so that over time, they lose pressure. In addition, their wall casing tends to be inconsistent, causing a tendency to bulge badly - obvious if you blow them up a bit before inserting them in the tire. This can cause the tire to either bulge a bit, or even be a bit out of round.
    I have had good luck with "Michelin" tubes.
     
  20. Learner4life

    Learner4life New Member

    Check out converting your tire to 'tubeless'. Its a lot better than solid tires at the least. I have tried just about everything on my 29" bike. I had the same issue with a leak not less than a week ago. First I tried making my own patches after a few days of exactly the same thing, filling tire every morning, re-patching, trying to glue and tape, I decided to just get rubber cement, and patch kits, sand paper and do it right. I did not have a leak in the actual valve stem as of yet though, not sure what I would do there. Just small punctures either single or "snakebite" doubles from rim pinching on impact. Patch kits and rubber cement are great, but wouldnt it be nice to be flat-proof and retain the ride of air filled tires? Im hoping I found a solution...

    Today I am actually going to convert my tires to tubeless while im painting everything etc. I have been researching this and really like this option. I do a lot of up and down, sidewalk edges, rougher pavement, bumpy sidewalks and even some grass/field riding when I cut across parks etc. If I was pure road mileage on smooth blacktop I would actually get as close to slicks as possible then for sure use inner tubes and go really high PSI like 50+. But my rides are rough and full of surprises, especially since my headlight visibility is very low.
    I am reading that a lot of mountain bikers are going tubeless, they let some air out for traction on really rough terrain(doesnt apply to me) and they all use a sealant liquid that makes the tire pretty much flat proof. Ive seen a few ways to do the conversion. "ghetto": Use an inter-tube and cut it down the middle after wrapping it on the rim, just leave the valve stem in the old inter tube lol,( works actually well if u get an inter tube size smaller than the actual rim, like stretch a 20 inch tube on to 29 inch rim). then soap it up, slap tire over it, pour in slime/sealant add air and pray. If you dont have the right kind of tires and rim that are designed to lock together etc. its a huge pain.... first time I tried this, basically my entire room was covered with the sealant , ahhahah no matter what I did it would not seal, and just leaked and sprayed everywhere. OK, this nab is going to shut off the ramble here and get started on paint, tube less conversion, cant wait to see how it rides after.
     
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