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Old 09-26-05, 04:23 PM   #1
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5 days after I got my bikes tire fixed, I went out for a fun ride at 2pm yesterday. I saw this grass trail that went along the railroad tracks after the real bike trail curved away. Cool i thought so i went down it, not really fast, it was just bumps and grass with some rocks, and while starting to pedel up (its like a small valley) I hear this squeaking nose. lol I was like wtf? but then saw a ton of birds fly overhead. No biggie its the birds. Then lol im like wait its not goin away. I stop and check the back tire pressure and it was soort of lower than normal but not really. What really sucked is when I got off and pushed on it and then heard a slight air-escaping-tire noise. Ooooh$%&! lol so i pedal as fast as I could back up the hidden valley by the tracks and then once i crossed it to get back on the other side to where the trail is it was too low already lol sooo im like hey ill walk it home, its only 1.5 miles. haha then it got completly flat to where the rim could have popped out. So i had to call my mom to get me,, while it was 100 degress out....there was some sticker weeds on the tire, but its a Bont. Earl and i thought it could sustain some of that. Well, Im over 200lbs so im guessing the back tire was too pressured and was vulnerable for attack!!!, maybe. What should I do? Its no fun having my bruiser it I cant beat it up on stuff. So should i get a tubeless tire lol? Or the bon big earl. Or what else? lol I dont want to carry a bag with an xtra tube and tire with co2 though so dont say that! They need like a thingy mi-jigger with two wheels that goes under a flat wheel rim and its still rideable. hmm lol ok well if you've actually read this far lol plz respons

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Old 09-26-05, 04:47 PM   #2
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Can someone translate this for me?

Why didn't you try and patch the tube? Patches cost about $2. You should bring some stuff with you in case this happens again. Don't always expect Ma to to bail you out. Sigh, I guess you can always call Ma.
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Sorry, the only answer is to carry a spare tube and a pump or CO2. Nobody likes to carry these things but it's just the way it is. If you don't want to carry these then be prepared to have a lot of rides end like this one did.
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Old 09-26-05, 05:25 PM   #4
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lol im 15 i havent had teachings with taking off tubes n stuff yet
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I changed my first mountain bike tire when I was 13. Age is no excuse. It's not hard, just have your lbs show you how.
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I highly recommend using some kind of a goop-filled tube (or if you can find tubes with removable valve-stems, you can buy solution from notubes.com and add it to your own tubes.) I live in the desert with cactus and other sharp stuff all-around. This will make a world of difference and prevent *most* minor flats.
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Old 09-26-05, 06:19 PM   #7
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I changed my first mountain bike tire when I was 13. Age is no excuse. It's not hard, just have your lbs show you how.
I changed my first bike tire and tube back when I was 6, that was 19 years go.
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im 15 and i do almost everything on my bike except totally take it apart.

tubes are so easy, all you need is a little common sense and a hand or two.
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well, you do get these tape thingies in the market that you can stick on the inside of your tire, between tube and tire, and this can prevent a lot of punctures. i get punctures pretty often and well, it is not a big deal fixing a flat though i will agree too many flats can become annoying. mtb tires are a little different from the ones we used to have when we were kids, but if you have a tire lever it is no problem at all. i think you should carry a tube and a patch kit. it is very easy to fix a flat. undo the quick release lever, if you have v brakes loosen them and pop out the wheel. use a lever, pop out the tire from the rim. i then pump air into the tube if its all out and check where the puncture is. find the hole, sandpaper the area, put glue on the patch, jam it on. what i like to do is flatten the tube against my mini-pump so the tube is smooth and tight when im putting the patch on. then you wait to dry. maybe a couple of minutes. (i hate doing this. i am impatient). check for more holes, pop the tube back, pop the wheel back. pump it up.

the best thing though i think is to carry an extra tube, change tubes instead of patching the puncture. patch it at home. though do make sure you patch the tube before you go out again otherwise you wont have a usable extra tube!

i think if 15 is old enough to have sex or old enough (for a million people i have known) to stick needles in your arms or pop acid pills or even to start smoking cigarettes and pot then 15 is surely old enough to fix a flat man. that is for sure. just have a look at the wheel and use your head. you will figure it out. it is easy. dont worry.
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Just buy a cheap frame pump (got one for 12 bucks) i think you can get them cheaper on nashbar. Then buy a little seat bag that goes under your seat. Put the patch kit in and/or a tube and your set. Just think of it as extra excersize when you get a flat. Frame pumps give one of your arms a nice workout. Changing a tire is simple. Go to your lbs or you can find videos online. It takes all of 5 min at tops. Much better than walking your bike home.
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im 15 and im still learning, but i havnt run into something i cant do except a frame swap, the lbs boys got that one but i regret giving up the chance of getting to know my bike better
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I changed my first mountain bike tire when I was 13. Age is no excuse. It's not hard, just have your lbs show you how.
how did you learn to change it?
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how did you learn to change it?
I walked into my LBS one day, bought a pump, two spare tubes and tire levers and set to work: I changed the tube in 25 mins ( Now it takes 3 mins but back then I had no idea how to even get started on changing it). Anyway, you get a tire lever, wedge it in between the rim and tire, then try and pry them apart. Use a second tire lever and sort of pry the tire and rim apart on one side all the way around. Take off the caps off the valve and remove tube. Insert new tube and just jam the tire back onto the rims. Pump it up, put on cap, and grin.

On a serious note, when I had no patch kit&tube and stuff with me on rides, I'd get a flat a week, now, 5 months after buying the tube&pump&etc, I've never gotten a flat on the trail.
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how did you learn to change it?
I had a flat one day and didn't want to have to walk home and there was no such thing as a cell phone.
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Wow, you say lol more times than I ever will.

Changing a tire is easy once you figure it out, when I did my first time I was thinking: "what am I doing??". Eventually got the hang of it. Take Drunken Chicken's advice and you should know how to do it properly by your second or third flat.
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There are somethings that you just need to know/learn if you are going to be serious about mtn bike riding, having the needed supplies and tools is a REQUIREMENT. You need to know how to change a flat, patch a tube and fix a broken chain at a minimum, plus the ability to assess and adjust other components as needed after a crash or failure.
There is a level of self-sufficiency needed in mtn biking, because you will not always be able or willing to walk out or call someone.
Not sure about where you ride, but out here in Colorado, not being able to make simple repairs and get back to the trailhead, could truly be a life threatening problem. I am often more than 10 miles and several thousand feet in elevation from the car, more often w/o cell phone coverage that with.
I donít know of anyone that wants to carry additional weight, but it is necessity to be prepared to care for yourself.
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If you don't carry flat repair stuff and have the knowledge to use it, you had best stay within sight of the trailhead. And keep mommy on the speed dial.
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