My low cost Chinese made folder has been very reliable for the past year and a half except for one issue, and that is I've had at least 6 flats, and also replaced 2 rear tires due to sidewall failure. My bike's rear assembly uses one of those funky band brakes like many of these Chinese bikes, and that makes it a "pain" to remove to replace an inner tube.
Of course my plan of action if you will is that if I suffered a rear tire flat while I'm out riding is to simply fix the inner tube with a patch without the need to remove the wheel but my last flat was due to a valve stem failing, so a replacement is necessary in that case. To illustrate my case about the trouble to disassemble the rear end, that day I preferred to walk home which "luckily" was under 2 miles away!
What options should I consider? Flat resistant tires, and inner tubes...or how about "air free" tires to do away with the possibility of getting a flat at all? I don't care about achieving the lowest tire rolling resistance as I don't ride this bike for performance...more so for errand running, and recreational purposes. I do have a full size, single speed non folding bike if I want to ride longer distances anyway.
I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
Edward Wong III
Qile Duo 5 Speed 20" Folder