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Old 10-01-10, 08:35 PM   #1
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Flat tires, etc.

(posted this on the wrong sub-forum)


Well hello there people of this forum, new here! (just googled bike forum and this came up so I registered to get answers)

Well I'm from Texas and I ride a Classic, auto transmission bike (by csa apparently)
I just bought it for 12 dollars at a garage sale, planned to use it for exercise purposes, and I did use it for that for a while.

Well anyway I abandoned it for a couple of months........
Until 2 months ago when I started riding it to work, because my cars transmission gave out on me and I didn't have the money to fix it!

Okay so everything was going good for a month or so, until I got my first flat tire (the back tire)
so I googled for bike shops here in my city, apparently there are none..... or I'm just really bad at searching. Well in the end I had to change it myself (bought a tube from walmart) and well it went well actually, was surprised at myself ! haha

This gives me another week for me to ride my bike to work happily. (by the way I was walking after my car crashed thinking that riding my bike would be even more of a hassle than walking,,,,,,, but walking took me 30-40 minutes to get to work and back home......and with my bike I do 15-20 minutes....... It's really important to me since I am a CART PUSHER at a local retail store)

Anyway like I said, another week riding my bike with a new tube on the back tire
and BAM today I got another flat, this time the front tire!


so here I am thinking what is the best solution....... should I keep changing tubes ?
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I am here for suggestions/comments, please I really need some feedback
btw I'm seriously thinking of armadillo tires...... but unsure

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Old 10-01-10, 08:43 PM   #2
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You need to be sure you have enough air pressure in the tires. Check the pressure often, low pressure often causes flats and other problems.
Also check the rim strips or rim tape. The strips or tape protect the tube from the spokes and spoke holes in the rim. The best protection of this type is Velox rim tape. It is available in various widths to match the width of your rims.
When installing an innertube it is very important to not pinch or otherwise damage the tube. Be very careful to not allow any part of the tube to be pinched between any part of the tire bead and the wheel rim.
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Old 10-01-10, 10:26 PM   #3
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Flats happen, it's part of riding a bike. Keeping the proper pressure and avoiding road hazards will keep them to a minimum.
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Old 10-01-10, 11:07 PM   #4
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Yes I realize it's an inevitable part of riding a bike!


I'm really asking for tips to avoid them as much as possible, the less the merrier!

Do I buy tubes every time it goes flat or would patching the tubes be best?

Should I change tires so that it adds a bit more protection for the tubes?

The path to my work place is a really rough ride....... sometimes even the sidewalk is rough... with thorns/ pieces of glass......

and I really rely on this as my only means of transportation........ I got to have some sort of comfort and reliability with my bike, I know it won't be 100 percent
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Old 10-01-10, 11:21 PM   #5
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You can patch tubes, I've ridden tubes with 4 patches.
It saves money and is better for the planet
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Old 10-02-10, 07:11 AM   #6
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I carry a spare tube and a patch kit in case of more than one flat. Normally just change the tube in the field then patch the tube later at home when you have time to do it right.
Use a bicycle specific patch kit, not an automotive kit. http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=33172
Read Sheldon Brown's page on flats. http://sheldonbrown.com/flats.html
Tires can help prevent flats but they won't cure them completely. I have over 2000 miles on my Michelin City tires without a flat.
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Old 10-02-10, 09:23 PM   #7
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find some tire liners. your tires appear to be wider than road bike tires. i think wally world sell some for a wide tire
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+1 To above. Also, do you own a pump? If not, get one. You should be topping off the air pressure in those tires every few days.

I buy tubes on line from pricepoint for $2 each. At that price, I do not worry about patching tubes. But patching is fine too. Be sure to inspect your tire before installing a new tube, to make sure you don't have something imbedded in the tire, which will give you another flat. +1 Also check the rim tape.

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Old 10-04-10, 12:16 AM   #9
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The new tires would be a great investment. They are expensive but the time you spend changing tubes will decrease. Schwalbe Marathons are also a good choice.
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