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Old 10-04-07, 10:16 AM   #1
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How Fast Can You Fix a Flat?

How fast can you do the repair? Doesn't matter how you fixed it, whether it's by using slime liquid, sticky patch, new tube, CO and etc. It must be done in ONE repair that gets you to your destination safely.


I got my record time today on my way to work. It took me 5 minutes to fix a flat without using CO gas.

I did it by not taking the tire and tube out completely from the wheel. With the wheel still intact on the bike frame flipped unside down, I pryed out the tire on one side only. Pulled out the tube halfway out of the tire/wheel, pumped some air and looked for puncture(s).

No puncture found on the 1st half, so stucked the tube back into the tire, pulled out other half of the tube and pumped some air in. Low and behold a piece of needle small metal pierced through the tire. I barely could see the needle outside of the tire, but thankfully I traced it by looking at the tube's puncture. So pulled out the metal with a needle-nose plier and patched up the tube with this Slime Skab,
http://www.slime.com/product.php?product=20029.

Put everything back together and pumped as hard as I could with my Topeak Morph G pump. 90 psi tire pressure was achieved in less than a minute. Got back on the road and made it to the office on time.




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Old 10-04-07, 10:19 AM   #2
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I can fix a flat between the time it takes me to get the wheel off and the time it takes me to get it back on.
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Old 10-04-07, 10:20 AM   #3
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I'm the worst in the world at fixing flats. I set my own "Personal Best" last week at ten minutes. A Bontrager tire that just came off the rim without any tools or effort. And, it went back on without tools with a couple of minutes of pushing and pulling.

But, a few months ago, I had a more typical experience. A Continental tire that would not go on. Broke two tire levers. Went to a shop. He broke a tire lever, and then got out some "super tool" to get the tire mounted. All in all, hours wasted.

I've learned my lesson though. That rim is gonna get that same model of Bontrager tire for as long as I can find them...the secret seems to be finding the perfect tire for a given rim.
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Old 10-04-07, 10:21 AM   #4
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Old 10-04-07, 10:23 AM   #5
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Wow do you mind sharing some tips with us?


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Old 10-04-07, 10:27 AM   #6
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use a support vehicle
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Old 10-04-07, 10:27 AM   #7
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I can replace a tube and pump it to 100psi in <5 minutes. Substantially less if I use CO˛. The only complicating factor is if I screw up and have to take the wheel back off - I then must deflate the tire to get it past the brake pads, so refilling becomes necessary.
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Old 10-04-07, 10:29 AM   #8
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Hahaha....that's cheating.

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Hahaha....that's cheating.
Hey, that's what bike racing is all about ain't it?
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Old 10-04-07, 10:40 AM   #10
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5 to 10 minutes generally. I do not rush it as that ends up taking longer. Since I live in Arizona and the summer heat can be harsh, I got into the habit of finding some shade, sitting down and taking my time with it.

I try to find what caused the flat and remove it, put in a new (or previously patched tube), stuff the flat tube in a pocket to be fixed later, and then on my way.
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Here's how I fix all my flats:
1. Buy kevlar bead tires
2. Install Mr. Tuffy tire lines
3. Don't get flats
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Old 10-04-07, 10:45 AM   #12
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5 - 10 min. I don't have flats much on the road, but that is usually the time.
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I can do them in under 5 minutes generally. When I started racing mountain bikes I got a tip from a guy telling me to practice fixing a flat. I've done one in under 2 minutes in a race. All depends on the tyre really as some come off and go on without tools where others take ages with tools. I choose my tyres now by how easy they go on and off and how puncture resistant they are.
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Old 10-04-07, 10:57 AM   #14
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7 minutes it typical for me using CO2.
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Old 10-04-07, 11:01 AM   #15
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Took 10 mins. this morning....

Walked with the lady for a couple blocks before heading out, found out my tire was low, low, low.....rode back home and got it fixed in about 10 mins......getting the tire off with a new rack was a bit more troublesome, due to the quick releases proximity to the mount point on the rack......

Glad it happened close to home.....
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Here's how I fix all my flats:
1. Buy kevlar bead tires
2. Install Mr. Tuffy tire lines
3. Don't get flats
My conti gatorskins have drastically reduced my need to fix flats. All the way from 1-2 flats per month to ZERO.
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Old 10-04-07, 11:45 AM   #17
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About 10-15 minutes.
I'm waitng for someone to say.
"depends how close I am to the bike shop and how booked they are"
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5 min. However, if I take 10 min I have less of tendency to do something idiotic like pinch the tube with a tire iron.
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Old 10-04-07, 12:01 PM   #19
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I really don't know, but it will probably take forever because I get no practice. Over 2500 mi on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and no flats! Shameless plug, I know, but I'm ceaselessly amazed at these tires.
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Here's how I fix all my flats:
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You've just jinxed yourself.

If i'm in a hurry, I simply pull the punctured tube out, check inside of tire for whatever caused the flat, and install new tube. I can have it done in about 5 minutes.

However if i'm out on a rec ride i'll take the time to apply a glue and a patch which takes about 10 minutes if i take my time. I've done it more than my share of times so i've become rather effecient at it.
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It takes me forever. Those Schwalbe Marthons are kind of tough to get off and put back on the rim. But they don't flat often.
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I dunno. I've never been in any hurry to fix it. I'd guess something less than 10 minutes. I only flat less than once a year so I don't tend to rush it much.
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A few minutes max.
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3 days last time I got one. But that's cos the weather was really crappy out and I was in no hurry.
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Here's how I fix all my flats:
1. Buy kevlar bead tires
2. Install Mr. Tuffy tire lines
3. Don't get flats
The above is what I USED to do, except I got flats anyway. Here's what I do now:
1. Go to www.airfreetires.com
2. Select desired tire w/high psi rating
3. Don't get flats
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