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Punture prevention

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by BusDriver, 6 Mar 2008.

  1. BusDriver

    BusDriver New Member

    OK. I'm using my bike to commute to and from work. As I'm a bus driver I can't be late for work, or the bus won't have a driver and other people won't get to work. I'm thinking of punture prevention.
    Should I pump some slime into my inner tubes?
    Fit a couple of Marathon Plus tyres?
    Or do both?

    What do you think?


    Simon
     
  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Can't help on the slime, but Marathon plusses have a pretty good reputation for toughness. BTW, forum etiquette demands we never write the P-word in full, P*ncture for instance is OK, otherwise bad luck may befall you courtesy of the P*ncture faries...! Actually, we never say H*lfords either!

    P*nctures will happen once in a blue moon even with the toughest tyre. Good idea to practice changing a tube in the comfort of your own home, if you carry a spare and tools that work it takes very litttle time IMO.
    Also, having a track-pump at home and keeping tyres at their proper pressure also helps prevent P*nctures.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    You may get one, but you would be very VERY unlucky to get two in a commute, depending on how far you ride.
    Once you're fairly practiced at it you can get one changed in 10-15 minutes, so just set off that much earlier.
    Don't put slime in, it doesn't work very well and probably adds quite a bit of weight.
    Just get some good tyres, but do pay some attention to other properties of the tyres, such as rolling speed, grip, weight, etc. not just puncture protection, I did this and got some specialized armadillos and didn't like them that much. Replacing them when they start to let punctures in is more important than getting the 'most puncture resistant' ones in the shop in the firstplace. Remember, OLD tyres are far worse than BASIC but new tyres.


    And, without wanting to be condescending, most of them are only biddies off to the bingo or post office, or schyoo-dents on their way to the fish and chip shop (with cheque books at the ready due to having spent their entire week's loan allowance on fags and your fare), so I wouldn't worry TOO much if you're a bit late.

    But I never really understood the logic of commuting TO a job where you then drive ROUND all the time, probably covering many times the distance of your commute. I know you can't, but it just would seem more logical and efficient to me to park the bus at your house and just set off from there.




    edit: oh, another point - make sure you can get the tyre off the lever without too much effort. If you can't do it, you're not going to be able to recover from a puncture very well, so it's as bad as not having any puncture repair equipment.
     
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest


    This is bollocks.
    PUNCTURE
    HALFORDS
    SHIMANO
    PUNCTURE
    HALFORDS
     
  5. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    10-15 minutes: I'd 'a frozen by then. You mean a patch job or changeing the inner tube? Inner tube change is about 5 I reckon. Don't forget to check the tyre for what caused the P*nct&re in the first place.

    Eh! Mind you I used to know someone who brought his home for dinner. Times were different then. Took the whole bloody street up it did.
     
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Much like your posts....:sad:

    As Crackle says, to swap-out a tube, 5 mins.
    Patch a tube, 10 to 15.
    Frankly I always carry 1 spare tube if going more than a few miles.
     
  7. Ianj5

    Ianj5 New Member

    Location:
    Canterbury, Kent
    Personally I have found slime does work for small pin holes from thorns etc. On one occasion I couldn't work out why I had green flecks on the frame until I realised I had a puncture. The slime had worked and it got me home 3 miles without going flat. When I removed the tube I found 4 other greenspots on the tube from previous p**t*res that had sealed. What I will say though is if you get a hole that does not seal it is difficult to get a patch to stick, so carry a spare tube and replace.
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    5 real minutes or 5 cyclechat minutes? :thumbsup:
    if timed from the start of the actual operation to the point of getting the wheel back on, then possibly. But i was talking about the actual time lost, including stopping, taking gloves off, getting stuff out of and putting back in saddlebag, checking got everything before setting off, etc.
     
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I used to change a tub in 15 minutes - no idea if that's good or bad but it's certainly messy and hard on the hands. Mind you, it took me considerably longer to fix it at home.
     
  10. You will get punctures occasionally, Bus Driver. You'll get quicker at mending them the more you do. Slime sounds like a good way to go (although I've never used it) but I wouldn't go anywhere without tyre levers, patches and a spare tube.
     
  11. I'd vote for puncture proof tyres. They're not so expensive, and marthon pluses are not the only game in town.

    Never used 'slime', but I fitted a Schwalbe Silento II to the rear wheel last autumn, and its not been holed yet.
     
  12. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Go for belt and braces i.e. fit the most P-proof tyres you can find and always carry two spare inner tubes and simply replace rather than patch. Then you can patch up later at home. This might sound obvious but having got the holed tube out, don't forget to run your hand carefully along the inside of the tyre to confirm that whatever it was that did the damage is still not sticking in.
     
  13. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'd go for the P-resistant tyres, well that's what I have done only 1 in the last 14 months. I was warned off the slime as being very messy if it was anything other than a small hole.
     
  14. frog

    frog Guest

    P&*cture Repair - a technique evolved over 35 years.

    Locate hole in tube

    Abrade hole area with sandpaper

    Spread film of rubber solution over abraded area

    Allow to dry for 15 mins

    Apply patch

    Rub down with back of tyre lever

    Split paper backing and peel off outwards

    apply thin film of rubber solution onto fayed edge of patch

    Allow to dry for 15 minutes

    Apply chalk or talc

    Refit to bike



    Or

    Fit spare inner tube and fix in comfort of . . etc etc etc :sad:

    All the times I've rushed a roadside fix I've regretted it within a mile or so.

    Fit Marathon Plus and most of the above don't happen :thumbsup:
     
  15. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Go for the marathon plus's and carry a spare tube just in case. You can then repair the other tube in the comfort and time of home.