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Old 01-03-06, 02:55 AM   #1
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Hi , i have a few questions on flats..
1.Is there a good websites on fixing flats?
2.Are the tire levers for MTB and Roadbikes the same?
3.When fixing a flat on a back tire outdoors , how do you usually place the bike? Is there a way to place it so that the bike would not be scratched?
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Old 01-03-06, 03:21 AM   #2
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1. http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=100
2. ya
3. I flip it upside down so it's on the handlebars/seat, the viability of which depends on your specific situation
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Old 01-03-06, 06:19 AM   #3
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If you are not already aware of Sheldon Brown's web site, you should check out this wonderful resource, as he usually has an answer and explanation for most questions: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/flats.html. If you are a fairly new cyclist, as your questions suggest, you may want to noodle around that web site for a general education.

As for question #3, I lay my bike down on the ground with the derailleur side up; it's not that fragile! That way, I don't run the risk of it falling over, which can happen if it were upside down. I've also noticed that people who rest their bikes upside down tend to remount the wheel--particularly the rear--with the bike still in that position, which some people find disorienting.

Lastly, if you are not experienced in removing wheels and replacing tubes, practice at home, where it's warm and cozy and you're under no stress to perform quickly!
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1. http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=100
2. ya
3. I flip it upside down so it's on the handlebars/seat, the viability of which depends on your specific situation
agree, agree, agree.

another note on tire levers... this is just MY personal experience, but i use park levers, the little plastic ones just like everyone elses... but i've had several other companies (and friends too) that have broken on me, but the parks ones have been bombproof for me so far... not that they aren't cheap to replace but it sucks when you break one and you can't change your tire now... which is also why i always carry 2
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agree, agree, agree.

another note on tire levers... this is just MY personal experience, but i use park levers, the little plastic ones just like everyone elses... but i've had several other companies (and friends too) that have broken on me, but the parks ones have been bombproof for me so far... not that they aren't cheap to replace but it sucks when you break one and you can't change your tire now... which is also why i always carry 2
Great! I was just thinking about getting the Park levers too! How much do they cost?
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3. I flip it upside down so it's on the handlebars/seat, the viability of which depends on your specific situation
But then his seat and little shifter windows will get scratched.

For those who break tire levers, get you some Soma levers. http://www.somafab.com/tirelevers.html They have steel cores wrapped in the plastic we have all come to love and trust. They cost more, but they will last forever.
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Gently lay the bike down on opp side of tranmission to work on the wheel. Otherwise you're holding it to remove, fix wheel. As someone mentioned, resting the bike upside down - may not balance bike at all and fall badly breaking something, may scratch bars, seat...
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Tire levers? We dont need no stinkin tire levers!!
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