I'm new, and just bike a few miles to campus for classes. I do not have any desire to become a master mechanic... Bike is an old Puch Cavalier roadbike, 27" tires. One tire was replaced by a bike shop, but they did not replace the tube. It was old and often lost a noticiable amount of pressure over a day or two, so I replaced it. That was the rear tire, and I did the whole job in about 15 minutes. Getting the tire on and off was fairly easy.
Front tire looked like it was dryrotted pretty badly too and I'd put about 100 miles on the bike, so I biked to Kmart and bought myself a Bell tire...figured it was a little cheaper than the bike store, and I am not a hardcore biker so no worries, eh? Anyways, that tire was a pain in the butt to get on, and the old one was a pain in the butt to get off. I'm talking me and my brother both manhandling this thing for 20 minutes for each tire! Next morning, I go outside and the tire is very, very flat The tube had exploded, was ripped about 8 inches long. I chalked it up to forcing the tire on, ripping the tube somehow in the process.
So, I put on my spare tube. Bell tube from Walmart, same as is on the rear. Anyhow, the tire was only slightly easir to get on and off, it was still a pain in the butt compared to the bike shop bought rear tire. Tube seems to be fine after a few days, though it's a little low. For whatever reason, I coul dnot get the compressor to inflate the tire. It inflates the rear one just fine, but the front one, same tube from Walmart, it actually tended to deflate some while I tried to get the stupid nozzle on the stupid nipple I pumped it up by hand with an old bike pump as much as I could, but I am sure it was not 90 psi, it felt slightly softer than the rear one, and it's a simple plastic pump. Anyhow, a few minutes later, loud pop and the tube has exploded again.
1) Why is this tire such a pain in the butt to get on and off?!?
2) What keeps exploding my tubes?