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Old 06-05-07, 07:18 AM   #1
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Ride a bike on the yard

I posted about my inner tube leak yesterday.
Later on, I was thinking about my riding that I had been riding for 3 weeks since I changed a new inner tube.

Before I begin about riding a yard, I'd like to start with my story first for who first comes to read this issue.
My story is I got a slow leak at the front tire on the day before yesterday. And I posted it here. I got many help from people who posted me back. Thanks everyone for that.

Then yesterday, I fixed it. You know what I found a very tiny piece of metal. Its length was only 0.4 cm. And then I checked the back tire again to make sure I wouldn't get it. But I got the other piece too. Good luck for me, this one wasn't sharp like the first one I found at the front tire. So, my back tire is still okay.

Then, I started thinking that why it did happen only 3 weeks after I changed new inner tubes for both tires.
You know what on the way I go to work and back home everyday, I'd like to ride on a yard for crossing to another street. I didn't really like to ride farther to get the same street. Then I decided that just cross this yard and I would get the same street. So, I did every time since I changed new inner tubes.
Finally, I got a small piece of metal on each tire. That's bad.

I've learned that if I ride my bike on a yard, I won't know what it's in the yard. It may have some spikes in the ground, or whatever. But if I ride it on the road, I will see easily what things on the road and it's easy to stay away from it.

Does anyone have experience about this?
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Old 06-05-07, 07:41 AM   #2
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It's definitely a bit easier to see debris against a smoother, cleaner (sometimes painted) surface like asphalt or concrete than it is to see the enemy in tall grass or weeds.

Flats are a part of life when you cycle, though.

Either way, you should carry a spare tube, a set of tire levers, perhaps a patch kit, and a pump or CO2 inflation kit ... just to get you back home.

You may want to consider a couple of tools (flat and phillips screwdriver and a few hex wrenches to fit your bike), too.

Have fun!
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I haven't had quite the same experience of riding across a yard, but it's very easy to pick up bits of glass and metal from a bike lane, particularly one which does not get swept often. That's why it's normally mentioned to try to find the place where the leak occurred, as the sharp object is often still there waiting to cause yet another leak.

I'm glad to see that you found the leak, and were able to get back up and running on your bike.

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