girls and punctures!

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by hobbygirl, 2 May 2010.

  1. hotmetal

    hotmetal Senior Member

    Location:
    Near Windsor
    Ah, the pixies in my head are amused greatly by that as well. I shall sniff deeply every time I see a girl on a bike to determine if she's bought plain talc or raided her mum's bathroom cabinet for some Woods of Windsor or Norfolk Lavender stuff… Hope I don't get arrested!:smile::girl::smile:

    Back in normality, Park Tools make 'proper' tyre levers (in Park blue of course) which are made of hard, slippery plastic. These are much stiffer, easier to slide round the rim, and have a little lip that helps them locate properly. Much better than the bendy cheap plastic black ones, though they are £1.50 each instead of 99p for, erm, 2. And why are tyre levers now sold in 2s when everyone knows you usually want 3? Call me cynical but I'm sure it's just to make you buy 2 packets. They always used to come in 3s didn't they?
     
  2. If you're fixing it on way home then no need to get to full pressure though,2/3 or so will be enough to get you home.
    Maybe keep a cheap track pump at work,or like suggested CO2 cannister could be quite handy although I haven't tried these myself.
     
  3. hotmetal

    hotmetal Senior Member

    Location:
    Near Windsor
    Same reason as tyre levers are now usually sold in 2s…:smile:
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    My dear chap, I haven't owned talc since I was about 11!

    Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph from me.
     
  5. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    I use a Laura Ashley talc ... it was given to me in a set years ago ... now I finally have a use for it... so theoretically my tyres should smell flowery ... in reality ... rubbery:biggrin:.
     
  6. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    CO2 inflator is the best idea. Gets tyres back to 120psi in seconds with no undue effort.
     
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    All you need are rubber gloves and a CO2 inflator, problem solved.
     
  8. Jaguar

    Jaguar New Member

    Location:
    Norfolk/Suffolk
    What's a puncture? I haven't had one since I got Slime innertubes fitted :biggrin:

    Top tip for getting grease off your hands though: sugar and washing up liquid (or soap).
     
  9. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    They are swines though to pump up regularly , the gunk keeps coming out of the valve.I used them for a while and when i took it out it had about 5-6 micro punctures all leaking gunk into the tyre.
    I was reading c+ about pumps and i am tempted by a co2 pump or the mini track pumps, how heavy are they though compared to a mini pump?I have enough stuff to carry already.
     
  10. Jaguar

    Jaguar New Member

    Location:
    Norfolk/Suffolk
    I never need to pump my tires up ...? But then I do ride the bike every day
     
  11. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    The Topeak mini morph weighs barely any more than a regular mini pump.
     
  12. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    :smile:
    I do 5 days a week and find i lose maybe 15-20 psi a week from a start of 110 psi
     
  13. paddy01

    paddy01 Senior Member

    Location:
    Exmouth (Devon)
    C02 canister every time for me, 0 - 100psi in less than 1 second.

    Of course as I only carry 2 spare tubes plus 2 cannisters, if I get a 3rd I'm, for want of a better word, buggered. :blush:
     
  14. theloafer

    theloafer Guru

    Location:
    newton aycliffe
  15. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    Even with a CO2 sparklets widget, pump the tyre up a bit with a hand pump to ensure proper seating and that the tube isn't pinched.
     
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