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Old 10-10-11, 08:34 PM
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Two Achievements Today

Hit 500 on my bike since July. I know thats not much really but it was my goal to get to 500 before winter. Also got my first flat with the new bike. Went out to hit my 500 mark and the tire was flat. Swapped out the tube and rode over to the LBS to get a new one and a patch kit. also grabbed a frame mount pump.
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Nice!

With all that high mileage, better get used to flats. I patch my punctured tubes at home, then swap it back onto the bike. Replace the new tube back as the spare for rides. I like to do this so that I know I have a good tube as a back up on the road side.
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Good job, I love those firsts!
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Congrats! I've had a few firsts the past couple of weeks, too. Had my first "Pancake" with clipless pedals last week which included my first Road Rash (awesome!), and my first flat on Sunday.

Your firsts are cooler than mine. Except for the flat. But the other one is WAY cooler.
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congrats!

Learn how to change a flat and keep practising. You can practise it at home with your front tire but for me, it was best to practice with my back tire since there is more to it. The more you practise, the better you will be. Carry the right stuff.... for me I carry an extra new tube, tire lever, co2 with two cartridges, a patch kit that is glue ot self adhesive and also some cotton balls that I use when I cant seem to feel or see what caused the flat.

Bottom line, the more you practise, the better and faster you will get at changing the flats.
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I carry two tire levers a tube and a CO2 in my saddle bag. I also picked up a patch kit yesterday and plan on doing what mr beanz does. Although I probably wont swap it out on the bike I have two tubes now so that shouldnt be an issue
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Originally Posted by mgw189
I carry two tire levers a tube and a CO2 in my saddle bag. I also picked up a patch kit yesterday and plan on doing what mr beanz does. Although I probably wont swap it out on the bike I have two tubes now so that shouldnt be an issue
Here in NM there are a lot thorns what the locals call "goatheads" and so what I did when I bought my 2012 Trek Wahoo I had them install thorn resistant tubes and added slime to them. I've been riding since last of May of this year and not one flat. I swear by thorn resistant tubes and slime combo it works great. A month ago I got a folding bike and installed the same combo so I don't expect to get any flats.

Let me tell you I have had my share flats through my life and they are just a nuisance.
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Great job on the milage goal ! Great minds think alike I've been doing the Same As Mr. Beanz when it comes to rotating the patched tube back in and always have a new tube ready to go in.
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Just ordered two thorn resistant tubes because I got my first flat a couple days ago. Learned a lot about patching inner tubes. Not as easy as I remember as a kid.
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