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Old 01-17-06, 05:23 PM   #1
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flat possibility reduction

I wish to share 2 ways to reduce posible flats for those who do not already know these tips.
1) talc on the tube. it allows the tube to slide in the tire, thus reducing the possibilities of flatting. tubes used to come loaded down with the stuff. now theres barely, if any on them. baby powder works fine.
2) if you use Presta tubes, DO NOT tighten the nut any more than is needed to keep the valve from going into the rim when the tire is flat, or you can even leave them off until its tire changing time, thus reducing the chance of the tube breaking loose at the point where the tube and valve meet making a repair impossible.
hope these tips help
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Old 01-17-06, 06:14 PM   #2
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Another tip for when you've got a brand new tube shoved in your camelback in case of a flat on the trail: make sure the nut comes off easily. Some say they've seen the nut been cross-threaded at the factory making it impossible to get off (or install the new tube for that matter.)
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