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Old 09-05-08, 06:57 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by bartturner View Post
guess I have been lucky but never had a flat. I also don't carry anything, except a cell phone, to fix a flat.

I am a complete novice on this. What exactly should I carry? ....
Uhhh, , , , -who do you call to fix a flat tire on a bicycle? Does AAA cover that?...


-Anyway--I have two bikes.

My long-distance bike has spare tubes, pump, patch kit and tire levers, though I don't need the tire levers myself--they're mostly if I need to help someone else with a bike that needs them. This bike has Kenda Kwest tires on it which are a medium-weight/thickness.

On the short-distance/commuting bike, I have flat-resistant tubes (double-thickness tread area) and flat-resistant tires as well (Schwalbe Marathon Plus). I have a pump and patch kit for it but often don't bother carrying them. This wheel setup is very flat-resistant, but it is rather heavy and rolls pretty sluggish. I originally expected to change my long-distance bike to the same tire/tube setup, but decided against it after I had rode the MP tires for a while.


One thing I have noticed while riding with people who do not ride frequently, is that they tend to suffer flat tires way more than I do. When riding along a street they tend to ride as far into the gutter as they can, in order to stay as far from passing cars as possible--but this means that they are also always riding through the WORST amount of roadside debris. So I guess the best way to avoid flat tires is to avoid riding in the gutter as much as possible.
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Old 09-05-08, 11:05 PM   #27
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I carry 2 tubes and a folding tire, and aluminum levers. I've been on group rides when someone tore a sidewall and couldn't repair it so I managed to squeeze everything into my bag. Some seasons I'll have several flats, other seasons I won't have any. I can't remember when I had my last flat, maybe 3 or 4 years ago.
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Old 09-06-08, 12:02 AM   #28
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This is what I carry:
Park Tool tire levers
Patch kit
Spare tube (in case tube is damaged beyond repair)
Topeak Road Morph G
Disposable gloves
Presta to schraeder converter (not really necessary)
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