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Old 03-28-09, 04:17 PM   #1
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Running with your bike

Did you have have to run a mile or more with your bike? Carrying it, running along side of it, running up 1/4 mile of a hill? Well i did today! it was less than great. 3:15 p.m. flying down the road to get up a really steep hill. not to long but damn near vertical. there was a car coming down the hill so i stayed in my lane (normally i go over into the other lane at the bottom. it will come clear why now). well my lane, the right lane, is pretty much one huge pot hole. and lot of scrapes from cars bottoming out. the other lane is a little better. so i go hard right to avoid the worst of it. not i am jsut about at the top of the hill and i hear, flomp, flomp. i look down and yup, flat tire. great. no spare tube on me. wait no spare tube at home! wait, i'll call the bike shop. "What time are you open until today?" "Four." "Oh no, it's almost 20 after 3! and i am at least a mile from home!" "Better hurry." now i am running. the second half of the hill isn't at steep. but it is about 3 times longer. so i run with the bike on my shoulder. now my shoulder is numb. so the road is smooth, i run next to the bike. now the road is crap, on the shoulder again. finally i get home. run up to the second floor. drop my bike grab my keys, and floor it to the bike shop. thank god it is only a mile away. got there at about 3:45. i bought 3 tubes. they tried to sell me a bike. the first fixed gear they ever got in. not there yet "It will be here monday, come look at it, maybe buy it." i never heard of the company, and now i forgot it. but he said he would give me a deal on some Wienmenns and a Masi.
well my girlfriend didn't care. i wanted to share.
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Old 03-28-09, 05:42 PM   #2
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glueless patch kit, tire levers, valve adapter or a mini morph pump or C02 pump in the bag.

and do you really replace tubes instead of patching? that's nuts.
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That was fun to read.
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co2+stackable levers+stubby 15mm wrench+a tube. nlhwi.
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i didn't have any patches. i did some patch kits as well. i had everything else in my bag with me. i couldn't find the hole in the tube yet. i am going to dump it in water tomorrow and look for it.
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co2+stackable levers+stubby 15mm wrench+a tube. nlhwi.
why carry a spare tube when you can use gluess patches?
I've never had trouble finding the hole when I pump up the tube and listen/feel for the air - even on the side of the road at night.
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i didn't look to hard for the hole, i was kind of in a hurry. i had to cook diner and vacuum. so i changed the tube real fast. pumped up the old one. i could hear the air coming out but feeling around real fast i didn't find it. and i would rather carry a tube and a patch kit. i have destroyed a tube (and tire) on my mountain bike. i don't remember what i hit, it was years ago. but basically slashed the tire and tube. i had a spare tube so i could ride home. if i only had a patch kit, i would have been **** out of luck. i have a big bag, so i have the room. i don't mind carrying both. if i can patch it i will save the tube for when i can't.

either way, my leg hurts from running. i think i have a shin splint. oh well. it is funny now. before i was in a bit of a panic. i wanted to ride tomorrow.
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why carry a spare tube when you can use gluess patches?
I've never had trouble finding the hole when I pump up the tube and listen/feel for the air - even on the side of the road at night.
In case of damage that can't be patched, like accidentally tearing the the tube at the valve stem while pumping it up. Or if it's nice if you are riding with a group and need to get back on the road real quick.
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i didn't look to hard for the hole, i was kind of in a hurry. i had to cook diner and vacuum. so i changed the tube real fast. pumped up the old one. i could hear the air coming out but feeling around real fast i didn't find it. and i would rather carry a tube and a patch kit. i have destroyed a tube (and tire) on my mountain bike. i don't remember what i hit, it was years ago. but basically slashed the tire and tube. i had a spare tube so i could ride home. if i only had a patch kit, i would have been **** out of luck. i have a big bag, so i have the room. i don't mind carrying both. if i can patch it i will save the tube for when i can't.

either way, my leg hurts from running. i think i have a shin splint. oh well. it is funny now. before i was in a bit of a panic. i wanted to ride tomorrow.
Do you work for Dunder Mifflin? Just kidding. I replace tubes instead of patching usually. They are only like 5 bucks, do patches work well? I have never even tried it and it seems like maybe I should...
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Do you work for Dunder Mifflin? Just kidding. I replace tubes instead of patching usually. They are only like 5 bucks, do patches work well? I have never even tried it and it seems like maybe I should...
Patches work just as good as buying a new tube.

It's not just the money, it's being incredibly lazy and inept to be throwing out perfectly good tubes because you can't perform a basic bike repair function. There's no reason to be buying new tubes all the time
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why carry a spare tube when you can use gluess patches?
I've never had trouble finding the hole when I pump up the tube and listen/feel for the air - even on the side of the road at night.
I always carry a spare tube and repair my stuff when I get back home. Speed/ease is the key for me, here. It's way quicker just to toss the old one in the bag and throw a new (beit an already recycled one) tube on. I also carry levers and a ratchet socket wrench to speed up getting the wheel on/off, may not actually be faster but damn it seems way easier, and that suits my lazy ass Oh yeah, and I've ripped off valve stems or had flats around the bottom of the stem before, or when you tear a 3" hole in the tube from some random weird rim/pinch flat - those I don't fix, so it can happen.

Also - I never carry my bike physically on my shoulder, use your hand to hold it up there so it keeps the TT off your collarbone, just more comfort - that's how I deal with stairs anyway - works running or walking (I usually double-step just for the extra effort )
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drop my bike grab my keys, and floor it to the bike shop.
LAME!

i don't understand people who are old enough to drive yet don't have the tools and parts to fix a flat at their house.
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Hopefully you weren't wearing bike shoes...I can't imagine running in those. I can barely walk! Heck, I can barely ride!
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why carry a spare tube when you can use gluess patches?
I've never had trouble finding the hole when I pump up the tube and listen/feel for the air - even on the side of the road at night.
i get asked that a lot. not sure... i guess i figure tubes are cheap and light enough that it doesn't matter.
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Did you have have to run a mile or more with your bike? Carrying it, running along side of it, running up 1/4 mile of a hill?

... Cyclocross
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LAME!

i don't understand people who are old enough to drive yet don't have the tools and parts to fix a flat at their house.
so it's lame that i didn't have a spare tube at my house? sure i should have gone to the bike shop and had some backups. and i know i didn't have any patch kits, i used the last one on my mountain bike last month ( i had a ton of them, but i lost them when i moved 3 months ago. so i guess in the back of my mind i thought they were still around someplace, even though i knew they were long gone) if you read any of my other post is had the "tools" a tube not actually being a tool. i just didn't have a spare one. it was right before the bike shop closed and tomorrow is sunday after all. if i didn't get to the bike shop in a hurry, i would not be able to ride tomorrow. i am meeting a bunch of kids i don't know, so it would be nice to be able to ride with them instead of walking or driving to the meet up, and then leaving when they went for a ride.

oh and i told my friends about this before and they all got a chuckle out of it. so my miss-adventure was worth it. i will be laughing about this tomorrow as well.
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hmmm i didn't think about that. i would like to try it some day though, now that i have ....experience? haha
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Hopefully you weren't wearing bike shoes...I can't imagine running in those. I can barely walk! Heck, I can barely ride!
nope, i had chucks on. probably why i have shin splints from running.
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