Just sort of a comment here, not a question.
We went out to ride the other evening and my wife's bike had a flat. I figured our ride was cancelled at that point. I popped off the wheel, grabbed the tire and pulled it off with just the use of my hands. It was very easy. I never knew it was possible to get a tire off with zero tools. Stuck a new tube in it, put the tire back on the rim(again with only my hands/fingers), aired it up and put the wheel back on the bike. Total repair time was probably 5 minutes. Wife couldn't believe it was fixed that quick. Got to go riding afterall. Learn something new every day I guess.