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How long does it take u 2 change a flat?

Old 08-30-07, 10:20 PM
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How long does it take u 2 change a flat?

what do u say?
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Old 08-30-07, 10:26 PM
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does that include taking the wheel off, putting it back on, and getting good chain tension?
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Old 08-30-07, 10:42 PM
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You left out the most realistic selection for many posters:

As long as it takes to walk to the LBS and have them change the tube.
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Old 08-31-07, 02:02 AM
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the longest part is picking out all the glass shards and meta bits so you don't instantly get another flat
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Old 08-31-07, 02:25 AM
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Also depends on the tires. Foldable or non-foldable does make a big difference to me. Scwhalbe Marathon Pluses are a pain to work with, but awesome to ride on.
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I have told my club that on club rides go on without me. I will get home. I hate being rushed. It's great to change a flat in 3 minutes , if you are so confident. After putting a tire back together quickly only result in a second pinch flat, I demand no one hurry me. "Go on, I'll see you back at the club house. "
I take my time, carefully look for hidden burrs in the thread and put it back together in a careful manner. When the tire is off the rim, its the best time to Assess the wear in the tire for future needs. 12 minutes is not a life time. I hate to see a group about me looking at their watches.
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Old 08-31-07, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by mvillan View Post
the longest part is picking out all the glass shards and meta bits so you don't instantly get another flat
+1

Most of the time, I'd say I get it done in about 5 minutes, tops. Longer if that^^ happens.
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Old 08-31-07, 07:02 AM
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On average I would say 5 minutes. It can take longer if I am tired from riding and if the weather is ****ty outside though.
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Old 08-31-07, 07:04 AM
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I run Gatorskins, so the only time I flat is what I stupidly pull the valve stem out of the tube.
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Old 08-31-07, 07:05 AM
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are we talking a patch or a new tube? I said 4 but depending what's wrong up to 6 I guess, if there's lots of glass and **** in my tire it will take longer.
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Old 08-31-07, 07:13 AM
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lots of variables but best case scenario being QR front, new tube and compressor: ~2 min.

worst case of bolt on rear, patch, and mini hand pump: ~10 min.
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Originally Posted by hockeyteeth View Post
You left out the most realistic selection for many posters:

As long as it takes to walk to the LBS and have them change the tube.
i'm sure most of us change our own flats but when i started working in a shop i was really surprised how many "serious" riders come in to get a flat changed.

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"Go on, I'll see you back at the club house. "
you have a club house? so awesome.
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Old 08-31-07, 08:07 AM
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properly tensioning and aligning the rear wheel is a lot easier when your frame is properly aligned to begin with
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Old 08-31-07, 08:15 AM
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it takes me days.

i get a flat. walk my bike home. then, i use my skateboard as my main form of transportation until i feel assed to fix the flat.
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Last flat I changed took more than 10 minutes...But I kind of might have possibly been in the middle of nowhere and I kind of might have possibly found my pipe in my seat bag which kind of might of possibly had something fun to smoke in it which makes doing anything quickly almost impossible...That being said, the rest of the ride was a blast...
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my mini pump just broke the other day when i was changing a flat. topeak road morph, the plunger just snapped in half...

so i'm not changing any flats on the road anymore until i buy a new method of filling my tires.
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Originally Posted by dirtyphotons View Post
i'm sure most of us change our own flats but when i started working in a shop i was really surprised how many "serious" riders come in to get a flat changed.



you have a club house? so awesome.
It is pretty awesome. The city provides our club with a room at the village sports center. Even with a large enough fridge to hold a 5 liter keg of beer. Great way to cool down after a club ride.
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it takes me forever, and some serious ****ing brute strength to get my tire back on, I think I may be ******** or something
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Topeak Road Morph is an awesome pump...
CO2 cartridges from the weird army surplus store that sells discount paintball accessories are good too (and recyclable!).
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Old 08-31-07, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BRANDUNE View Post
it takes me forever, and some serious ****ing brute strength to get my tire back on, I think I may be ******** or something
You're not the only one. When I am installing a fresh tire it takes me hours. Sometimes I have to bring it to work to have a friend do it. Luckily for me, fresh tire changes don't happen on the road. If I get a flat, usually I've ridden on the tire long enough to stretch it and by then it takes 2 mins.
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Old 08-31-07, 12:22 PM
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However long it takes for the next cyclist to come along. Then I clothesline him/her and steel the appropriate wheel, assuming it isn't damaged in the process.
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Originally Posted by hockeyteeth View Post
You left out the most realistic selection for many posters:

As long as it takes to walk to the LBS and have them change the tube.
rofl... probably.. I dont have a problem who don't do mechanical work on their bikes, I have a problem with ppl who profess to be bike ppl and don't actually ride them...
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5 minutes with those neato plastic park tools tire levers. Much longer without.
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Old 08-31-07, 01:21 PM
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Yeah, it's definitely 10+ for me...but I've got fender issues, and have yet to buy a proper 15mm wrench to keep in my seatbag...right now I'm using a jive multi-tool that I have to step on for leverage.

Plus I usually have a bag or two strapped on my rack, and those have to come off...
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Does everyone here remove the wheel and fix it that way? If you remove the wheel, do you always change the tube or try and patch it? I've always just taken a patch kit and tried to fix it without removing the wheel but given that it ALWAYS takes me at least 10 minutes I'm starting to think I should just remove the wheel, replace the tube and try and patch it up once I get home.
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