Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Syracuse, NY
Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Would have more bikes if I had time to ride them all. Previous bikes: 1968 Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fav), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.
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This was fairly common on really old Schwinns with steel rims, but can occur at other times a well. First deflate the tires and spray some mild all-purpose cleaner like Fantastic or 409 in the area where the tire dives into the rim (even slightly soapy water works) between tire and rim. Reinflate the tire, being careful to look all the way around the tire to insure that the bead line (raised ridge of rubber on the tire) is not going too far from the rim. Keep inflating until the tire pops out so that it's no longer flat in that area. You may have to go a bit over recommended inflation.
p.s It's quite easy to hit the Edit Post after you create the post to make it easier to read - sentences, capitalization, spelling. It's a courtesy to the rest of us who read a lot of posts in a day. It's BRAKES not BREAKS. I know more and more people are using their smartphones, etc on the Internet but it's not fair to ask us to suffer because you use a tool that is not as good as a computer and keyboard at handling text, particularly when asking us to help you. Thank you.
There's no such thing as a routine repair.
Don't tell me what "should" be - either it is, it isn't, or do something about it.
If you think I'm being blunt take it as a compliment - if I thought you were too weak to handle the truth or a strong opinion I would not bother.
Please take the time to post clearly so we can answer quickly. All lowercase and multiple typos makes for a hard read. Thanks!
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