Utility Cycling - Tyres/pumps
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08-11-10, 04:09 PM
I am quite new, but concerned about how often I might get a flat. Old trye on front, new tyre on the back. My 10 yr old daughter does sit on the bike rack, so quite a lot of weight. My rear tyre is a 26+1.95, and the last time that I checked the presure, I set it at 35lb/bar.
I am hoping to pack a spare tube n tools for a 10+ mile ride, but not sorted it yet. Looking for a sadle bag first.
What do u guys check your tyre presures with? Last time I checked it at a petrol station, and they needed air. I have a guage and a good pump, but these look better ..
08-11-10, 04:52 PM
You might want to check in commuter also...but this is my setup.
I have a floor pump with a built in gauge at home. I check my tires at least every other day, bringing them up to pressure
On my bike I carry a frame pump, spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, gloves and hand wipes. I can fit everything but the pump into a small bag ( similar to this http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1023667_-1_1532501_20000_400101) I have QR skewers so don't need wrench to get wheels off
If I get a flat I put the new tube in (patch the old tube at home) and pump up the tire by feel....don't bother with a gauge and then use the floor pump to get it right.
another thing to be sure of before you have to do this for real, is that you can get your tire off with the tire levers your have...I have had some tires where I needed to carry steel leves, not plastic and even then had to fight to get the tire off the rim.
To prevent flats, the first thing is to keep the pressure at what is reccommended for the tire (tyre to you :) ) In you case 35 lb sounds a little low.
other than than that the single best prevention for flats is good tires. Lot's of threads about this in commuter...with the Schwalbe Marathon coming out on top, if pricy.
I run Panracer t-server messengers (700 c, 110 lbs...and I'm a big guy) and so far have not had issues....and I hope I just didn't jinx it.
I don't like slime (liquid anti flat fluid) as it junks up pumps.
hope this helps.
08-12-10, 04:53 PM
Just bought a new pump from Asda(Walmart) £13, works well. Looked on my rear tyre (kenda) and it says 40-65 pressure. The rear tyre has lots of tread, but its old, if I have any punctures, I will replace it. Not got a tool/saddle bag yet. I wany one bigger than the standard under the saddle type.
08-12-10, 08:35 PM
Your stated pressure doesn't make sense.
lb, that's pounds per square inch, (PSI) OR bar. not both. 35 PSI is a bit low for that size tire, I would recheck what the sidewall says, and make sure you have the recommended minimum.
That pump should be good for pumping the tires at home, but would be a bit big for taking on the ride.
Lezyne makes some nice take along pumps, but not cheap.
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