Join Date: May 2005
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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Can't refill tires after leaving bike out in the cold for 2 weeks
I left my bike outside (subjected to Michigan cold weather) for 2 weeks, and when I picked it up yesterday both tires were completely flat. Before that I noticed no leaks in the tires, and had rode it around town without problems. After I walked it home, I spent several hours trying to pump the tires again but the air would just leak through.
Now, is this typical? I'm about to pick up some tire levers and check on the tube, but how could a leak arise when the bike was sitting there locked to a rack? When I try to pump them I can feel the air immediately leaking through the part of the tire near the valve. I'm guessing there's a breach where the valve connects to the inner tube, but is that something I could actually repair or will I need to purchase new tubes?