Beginner's puncture nightmare

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by smoggytom, 21 Feb 2018.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I use latex inners for my best bike and last summer I was fitting one when the cat took a swipe at it, leaving a neat little claw-hole. Grrrrr.
  2. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Ahh, one of the many delights of having cats - ! The only problem I get is if I leave valve caps on the floor - ! :rofl:
  3. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Had a similar experience a few years back; in my case it was a piece of wire the thickness of the tyre carcass that was the problem.
  4. froze

    froze Well-Known Member

    Yeah you should always practice, practice, and practice at home before setting out on the road, you can watch You Tube videos if you're not real comfortable with the concept.

    What kind of tires did you have on the bike? The Gatorskins you're getting will be quite good, another thing you can do is add a set of RhinoDillos tire liners, these go between the tube and the tire, this will add another wall of defense before the tube. Don't bother with thorn resistant tubes though, these are quite heavy and accomplish very little. The RhinoDillos are a better product then the Mr Tuffy, but follow the directions because the soft end is suppose to be against the tube not the hard end.

    The good news is that first you are willing to repair on the side of the road, that's great, better than some people! The other good news is that the more you ride and have flats the better you'll become at fixing them. Whatever you do don't get so lazy or so frustrated you just reach for your cell phone. I've been married for over 35 years, I can tell you that most wives do not want their husbands to treat them like they're your mommys, you have to learn to be self reliant and get things done by yourself, of course if you have a flat and it took you say 1/2 an hour to fix (though with practice this shouldn't take more then 10 minutes) you can call your wife and tell her you will be coming home a bit later than expected so she doesn't worry about you. So for the sake of your marriage learn to fix flats on the road. I can fix almost anything that goes wrong on my bike on the road, so I rarely call my wife, in all those 35 years of riding I've only had to call her twice, once because I got so sick with diarrhea (I even carry Imodium ad, but it didn't work) and I got too weak to pedal the remaining 12 miles home though I did try! The second time I called her was when I had a bike accident and was at the hospital, thought she might want to know why I was late. Anyway learn to be self reliant, this is true for other aspects of your life as well not just cycling.

    As far as tire pressure goes there are a couple of websites that have calculators that you can use to determine your idea psi, for road bikes see: on this one scroll down to the second calculator and make sure you enter your bikes weight ready for riding including full water bottles, and your body weight clothed ready for riding, then simply enter your tire size and wham you'll get the correct psi plus or minus 5 psi. If you're riding a mtb or a bike with fat tires then see this calculator:
  5. Mile195

    Mile195 Über Member

    West Kent
    I don't know what your positioning is like when you're cycling, but many punctures can be avoided by not riding "in the gutter". If you usually ride tight to the kerb, you may want to try riding a little further into the road (assuming it is safe to do so on the roads you ride of course... use your own judgement if you're on country lanes with tight, blind corners about whether or not this is appropriate for example).
    All the things that cause punctures are often found right at the edge of the road such as thorns, fragments of glass, bits of flint etc. The most "detritus free" part of the road will be where car tyres tend to be.
    Riding a little further out has the added benefit that overtaking vehicles are less likely try to "squeeze past" when it's not really safe to do so. I re-iterate though - use your judgement to decide whether or not it's appropriate on the type of roads you use.
    ADarkDraconis likes this.
  6. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Bang on there Uber 195; in my long experience, the gutter is Puncture Central. Also, keep a watchful eye on the road ahead of you will help to avoid much puncture causing FOD (Foreign Object Dispersal ). :thumbsup:
  7. At this time of the year, the puncture fairy fodder is normally scattered all over the road. Add to that the issue of it being wet, and you hit the rubbish that you didn’t see, because it’s hidden in a puddle.


    Up yours puncture fairy.


    I can ride wherever I want, you can’t touch me:smile:
    iancity likes this.
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