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    Changed a flat tire

    I went out yesterday morning all ready to ride to work. Added air to one tire then went while adding air to the back tire the stem broke. The tire went flat. I had a new tube so I tried changing it. Since I have only taken a class on changing flats and tried it there I do not have much faith in my skill. Well I went about undoing the back brake and taking off the tire. After changing out the tube I could not seat the tire correctly around the stem area. So I put the bike on the bike rack on the car and tire in the back seat. I took it to a bike kitchen, where the guy showed my that the stopper on the stem needed to be taken off the tube before putting on the tube. I did not realize that piece came attached to the tube. I thought that the guy in the bike store just added that piece. Anyway he let me do the work and I finished up the changing of the flat. I have more faith in my skills now!!

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    Good Job.

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    Congrats! Soon you'll be patching, too. And with each new flat the repair or change will get faster and easier while the weather gets colder, and the sky gets darker and the environment gets more inhospitable, and the location gets more remote, and the timing gets more inconvenient, and the job gets dirtier. And the puncture gets more difficult to find. But the repair will get faster and easier...I promise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
    ... I took it to a bike kitchen, where the guy showed my that the stopper on the stem needed to be taken off the tube before putting on the tube. I did not realize that piece came attached to the tube. I thought that the guy in the bike store just added that piece. Anyway he let me do the work and I finished up the changing of the flat. I have more faith in my skills now!!
    Are you referring to the locking ring thingy on a presta valve??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdave222 View Post
    Are you referring to the locking ring thingy on a presta valve??
    Yes Dave, that is the piece. I learn something new everyday.

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    Way to go! And now you know what to do. (FWIW, I just throw those little valve nuts away. They're pretty useless.)
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    excellent! great job - i hope to learn it myself

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    Wait till you start running puncture resistant tires and get flats like once every 5-6 months. Prior to getting better tires I was a pro at changing flats when my punctures were weekly. Got my first puncture in 5 months a couple weeks ago and was so rusty that nearly screwed the pooch.

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    Good work OP, practice makes perfect.

    @snow_echo_NY , I can give you a free clinic if you want.
    I'll be riding to Dead Horse Bay by Floyd Bennet field tomorrow
    morning(8:30 - low tide). I can meet up with you afterwards; or
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    In the mean time; maybe you can pick up some tips and ideas
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8szh...aIoDLA&index=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    Good work OP, practice makes perfect.

    @snow_echo_NY , I can give you a free clinic if you want.
    I'll be riding to Dead Horse Bay by Floyd Bennet field tomorrow
    morning(8:30 - low tide). I can meet up with you afterwards; or
    any other time. Will be riding back over the Manhattan bridge.
    In the mean time; maybe you can pick up some tips and ideas
    from a video I made:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8szh...aIoDLA&index=1
    nice thanks for the vid! i won't be able to tomorrow, i committed to a gardening thing in BK - i definitely intend to soon. i have a patch kit and levers and i've seen a friend show me how to change out the tube. but i haven't really done it myself.

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    I think a lot of people under-appreciate the value of doing something wrong in learning to do it right. Try and failing is a great first step for any new skill. Having someone help you do it right (and not just do it for you) is a great second step (even better than it would have been as a first step). You'll probably have no trouble with it on your own next time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
    I went out yesterday morning all ready to ride to work. Added air to one tire then went while adding air to the back tire the stem broke. The tire went flat. I had a new tube so I tried changing it. Since I have only taken a class on changing flats and tried it there I do not have much faith in my skill. Well I went about undoing the back brake and taking off the tire. After changing out the tube I could not seat the tire correctly around the stem area. So I put the bike on the bike rack on the car and tire in the back seat. I took it to a bike kitchen, where the guy showed my that the stopper on the stem needed to be taken off the tube before putting on the tube. I did not realize that piece came attached to the tube. I thought that the guy in the bike store just added that piece. Anyway he let me do the work and I finished up the changing of the flat. I have more faith in my skills now!!
    Congrats! Being able to change your own flats is power.

    I'd recommend practicing it a couple more times while at home, to build up your confidence and make it less of a big deal next time it happens on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
    I have more faith in my skills now!!
    Well done! It takes practice to do it sort-of comfortably.

    My bike came with knobby tires, and I didn't get any flats with them - although I only used them for a few months. Then I wanted to change to slicks, so I got them home, and started my first tire/tube battle. I didn't know things like the correct orientation of the tire levers (so that you can hook them to the spokes), or the hand movements to squeeze the tire in the right places, so it took me like two hours to change both tires. When putting in the slicks, I had a terrible time setting the second bead of each. I (mis)used the tire levers as help, and promptly punctured both tubes, one of them in two places.

    So I learned to patch That went well, fortunately.

    Some time after, I got a second bike. I got two flats in the same week one time, another flat a few weeks later, and then a slow leak on my first bike soon after. All that practice made me quicker and more confident. I learned to use the damned tire levers properly, and learned to carry rubber work-gloves in my toolkit. Wiping off sweat from one's face with a greasy/gunky hand is not fun! The gloves made a big difference.

    (These days, my preferred method for patching is to do it at home. Patch as usual, then pump up the tube and wrap electrical tape around the patch; leave it overnight. Take off the tape the next morning, and the patches are super-stout that way.)

    And now that I can change tires/tubes properly, of course I haven't gotten any flats for months and months. Mastery by Murphy, or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
    Yes Dave, that is the piece. I learn something new everyday.
    We've all been there. I have popped a tire or two replacing tubes. Its a bit tricky.

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    Here is some good advice on seating your tire the easy way. This will work with any tire.




    I don't wrap my tire with the straps like he does. I install the tire and work the bead around like he does and in no time I'm popping the tire in there, using no tools.
    Last edited by scoatw; 05-08-15 at 05:22 PM.

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    bump b/c i need to do this.

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    @essiemyra, you can use the old tube to practice patching.
    You'll also need a way to inflate the tube when you're out on a ride.
    If you don't have one yet; Topeak Morph G is a good pump to have.

    @snow_echo_NY, my offer of a free how to clinic still stands.
    Thane on Social Cycling NYC Facebook page complained that he
    couldn't get his Marathon Plus on after a few hours of struggling
    and getting his fingers raw. I offered to help and got them on
    right away with just technique and plastic tire levers - no straps,
    zip ties, liquids, powders, etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    @essiemyra, you can use the old tube to practice patching.
    You'll also need a way to inflate the tube when you're out on a ride.
    If you don't have one yet; Topeak Morph G is a good pump to have.

    @snow_echo_NY, my offer of a free how to clinic still stands.
    Thane on Social Cycling NYC Facebook page complained that he
    couldn't get his Marathon Plus on after a few hours of struggling
    and getting his fingers raw. I offered to help and got them on
    right away with just technique and plastic tire levers - no straps,
    zip ties, liquids, powders, etc.

    interesting, i may have to take you up on that...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snow_echo_NY View Post
    interesting, i may have to take you up on that...!
    @snow_echo_NY, I'm usually in Manhattan Monday - Friday. Rarely venture to Brooklyn.
    You may also want to look into free classes by Time's Up and Bike New York.

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