Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
Bikes: '89 Miyata 1400, '82 nishiski (current utilty/commuter project)
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You might want to check in commuter also...but this is my setup.
I have a floor pump with a built in gauge at home. I check my tires at least every other day, bringing them up to pressure
On my bike I carry a frame pump, spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, gloves and hand wipes. I can fit everything but the pump into a small bag ( similar to this http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...1_20000_400101
) I have QR skewers so don't need wrench to get wheels off
If I get a flat I put the new tube in (patch the old tube at home) and pump up the tire by feel....don't bother with a gauge and then use the floor pump to get it right.
another thing to be sure of before you have to do this for real, is that you can get your tire off with the tire levers your have...I have had some tires where I needed to carry steel leves, not plastic and even then had to fight to get the tire off the rim.
To prevent flats, the first thing is to keep the pressure at what is reccommended for the tire (tyre to you
) In you case 35 lb sounds a little low.
other than than that the single best prevention for flats is good tires. Lot's of threads about this in commuter...with the Schwalbe Marathon coming out on top, if pricy.
I run Panracer t-server messengers (700 c, 110 lbs...and I'm a big guy) and so far have not had issues....and I hope I just didn't jinx it.
I don't like slime (liquid anti flat fluid) as it junks up pumps.
hope this helps.
'82 Nishiski commuter/utility
'83 Torpado Super Strada ... cafe commuter
'89 Miyata 1400
Soma rush Fixie
06 Haro x3 (son's bmx)
Electra cruiser (wife's bike)