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    Paraniod about tire tubes

    Guys,

    Im allways paranoid about my tire tubes ever since the last one popped. The tube popped because the tire was old and worn and pinched the tube to the rim. The tires and tubes have long been replaced, but how can I tell if the amount of air in the tire is correct? I dont have a tire gauge. I am allways paranoid the tire is too low.

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    I use a thumb press on the tire to figure out if it is running low. But I also have a gauge on my pump. So here's what I do: thumb check, pump the tire to maximum pressure, another thumb check. You should get the idea pretty quickly about when it's running low. I haven't had a pinch flat in a while.

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    Buy a tire gauge? What do they cost $10? Just buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Buy a tire gauge? What do they cost $10? Just buy one.
    Yep, time to buy a tire gauge.

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    you can get a tire gauge for like $3.
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    If you're completely set on not using a tire gauge, you can make do with gerv's thumb check. Just pay attention and perfect your technique.

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    Buy heavy duty tire tubes? I've never used a gauge on my tires, I just use the thumb check method, and I rarely get flats. It also helps to install the tube properly to begin with. You know, to avoid a pinch flat.
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    I use a floor pump with a built in gauge...

    I happen to have a very accurate tire gauge left over from my motoring days, and if verifies that the pump gauge runs a bit on the high side, but unless you are dealing with the super thin high pressure tires a couple of pounds one way or the other won't make much of a difference. I also use the thumb check, especially on my cruisers and utility bikes.

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    You should be using a floor pump that has a built in gauge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bragi View Post
    Buy heavy duty tire tubes? I've never used a gauge on my tires, I just use the thumb check method, and I rarely get flats. It also helps to install the tube properly to begin with. You know, to avoid a pinch flat.
    Some bike shops don't sell heavy duty tire tubes. None in the DC area that I've checked. I find them at Target or Sports Authority around here. Sometimes they're labeled "Thorn Resistent". Schwinn used to make them, the last ones I've bought came from Bell.

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    an awesome setup for a utility or commuter bike: Tubeless!
    $5 rim strips from Maxxis, some home-brew latex selant, 1.75"+ tires of your choise, and you're in business.
    i've been riding above setup for several months with zero flats. and zero popped tubes
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    Quote Originally Posted by acroy View Post
    an awesome setup for a utility or commuter bike: Tubeless!
    $5 rim strips from Maxxis, some home-brew latex selant, 1.75"+ tires of your choise, and you're in business.
    i've been riding above setup for several months with zero flats. and zero popped tubes
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    $30 will get you a decent floor pump with guage built in. If you want a carry around, I 100% L-O-V-E my Crank Brothers Pro hand pump (also $30).

    Grocery store gas stations often have a "free air" compressor setup where the guage is built into the air hose chuck. That'd be free, and "accurate enough."

    Pinch flats suck. I had a pinch flat on my road bike (my fault, a hasty install) and the tube exploded under weight with 120psi in it. ->BANG!<- Scared the holy cats outta me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwd View Post
    Some bike shops don't sell heavy duty tire tubes. None in the DC area that I've checked. I find them at Target or Sports Authority around here. Sometimes they're labeled "Thorn Resistent". Schwinn used to make them, the last ones I've bought came from Bell.
    They can order them. All of the distributors that work with bike shops offer "Thorn Resistant" tubes of various "brands". If they tell you they can't get them they're full of manure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyahines View Post
    $30 will get you a decent floor pump with guage built in. If you want a carry around, I 100% L-O-V-E my Crank Brothers Pro hand pump (also $30).

    Grocery store gas stations often have a "free air" compressor setup where the guage is built into the air hose chuck. That'd be free, and "accurate enough."

    Pinch flats suck. I had a pinch flat on my road bike (my fault, a hasty install) and the tube exploded under weight with 120psi in it. ->BANG!<- Scared the holy cats outta me...
    A decent floor pump is essential. I would be wary of using the gas station compressors. I'd be afraid of ruining the valve.

    Reason I opt for the thumb gauge is that I *do* have a tire gauge around here somewhere... just can't find it. I hope I'll always be able to find my thumb.

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    I vote for the floor pump with built-in gauge. One reason is that you really should fill your tires almost every day. Mine lose about 2-5 psi in a 20 mile ride. Also, it's better not to use the gas station compressor, although you can if you have to.


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    Goodness! You don't need a tire gauge, you need a thumb. Push your thumb into the tire. Does it feel right?

    If you don't know the answer, go to a bike shop or an assembly of bicyclists and ask, "How should my tire feel to my thumb?" and get some learning from some bikers.

    You will have attained enlightenment. No gauges nor floor pumps shall ye buy. The end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest View Post
    How?
    see this thread: Rolling on Tubeless, yeah baby!

    Me and one or 2 others have been using it for a while - awesome setup. I think it will catch on.
    Takes some initial planning & patience, but reward is a great smooth ride and flat-free as it's posible to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    They can order them. All of the distributors that work with bike shops offer "Thorn Resistant" tubes of various "brands". If they tell you they can't get them they're full of manure.
    Several bike shop employees have told me they don't even know what I'm talking about, never heard of them. The chief mechanic at Spokes in Alexandria got all sarcastic on me saying something about just using the tubes and not worrying about having tires.

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    Running a roadbike with ~80 pounds in it you shouldn't really be able to push your thumb in at all. I use a thumb check because I lose air when I use my air gauge.
    I recently found out that if you don't have the tire centered on the wheel then you'll hear a noise like rubber slipping, then you'll hear a little gunshot. That gunshot is one wasted tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takara View Post
    Goodness! You don't need a tire gauge, you need a thumb. Push your thumb into the tire. Does it feel right?

    If you don't know the answer, go to a bike shop or an assembly of bicyclists and ask, "How should my tire feel to my thumb?" and get some learning from some bikers.

    You will have attained enlightenment. No gauges nor floor pumps shall ye buy. The end
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    I gotta disagree. Thumbs are not terribly accurate. Almost everybody seems to underinflate their tires if they use the thumb test. often by 20 or 30 pounds. (I know because I've checked friends out.) Second, if the thumb does show you to be underinflated, what are you going to add air with? IMO, a pump is absolutely basic and essential if you're relying on your bike for transportation.


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    On some of my bikes it is the feel when I take a corner fast that tells me to check the air. "Hmm that felt squirrelly better get the pump out." By that point it I've probably let it go too long without checking. Roody is right, the gauge is better than the rules of thumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    ...IMO, a pump is absolutely basic and essential if you're relying on your bike for transportation.
    It just occurred to me that maybe the OP doesn't have a pump. If that's true, he/she wouldn't want to use a tire gauge to routinely check the pressure.

    It would cost maybe 50 cents to air up at a convenience store. Some stores have air machines that take, as an alternative to coins, a daily code that you can punch in. If that's the case you can get the code from the clerk after you buy whatever qualifies you for a free shot of air.

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    There are usable pumps with a guage built in for only $10. I would consider that a better use of one's money than $.50 every time you need to add air to your tires.

    Around here, more than one bike shop has a pump locked up outside where we cyclists can go use it whenever we want.
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    Personally, when it comes to accessories, my priority would be to buy a lock first, then a pump, and lastly worry about getting other stuff like helmet, fenders, racks, etc.


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