Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Farging Flat Tires

We got another flat this week.

We have had a lot of flats this year.

A lot!

But we have never been stranded because of a flat tire.

The reason we were not stranded is because we know how to fix a flat tire on a bicycle. (fact #1: a bike tire has a tube inside)

Do you know how to solve a flat tire? It's pretty easy, and definitely anyone can do it. And if you ride a bike, you need to know how to fix a flat.

Otherwise, you get to learn what being stranded far from home (and the car?) is like. (hint: really bad!)

Moving on to the solutions department, you have three options for fixing a flat tire:

Install a new tube
Put a patch on the tube
Have a bike shop fix it

If the first two items are outside your skill-set, here are a few online resources to help you out. Trust me, you will be very thankful you learned this all-important skill.

Chicago bike blog (july 2008 postings)
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Besides the knowledge to fix a flat, you'll need some very basic tools:
a fresh tube that is the CORRECT size
a patch kit (patches, glue, etc)
a valve adapter
plastic tire levers
a mini-pump
a little seat bag so you have them when you need them

My tip for seatbags is to wrap things that will rattle around and make noise in an old sock.


At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, I use old socs to prevent rattling as well!


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