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Another flat tire…

June 3rd, 2012

Removed bike rack and fold-out wire baskets attached to it. Fixed bike rack (ok, I used a thick layer of duct tape where the weld broke) and replaced, moved forward from it’s previous position. Re-attached fold-out wire baskets in a new position with braces in a new position. Hopefully that will hold for a while.  I always thought that both bike shops could have done a better job and moved the adjustable rods forward, so the weight was more centered, and wonder if the placement contributed to the support arm weld breaking.  But then, it only took them 15 minutes each, to add the rack and at the other shop, the wire baskets, whereas it took me 2-1/2 hours to remove, fix and replace them.

While doing this, I noticed the rear tire was flat. Again. Pretty sure I hit a sharp stone the other night. I think that’s about my 6th or 7th flat in a year. I do NOT fix my own flats, mainly because I can’t even get my quick-release tires off without hurting my hands. I need my hands in good condition for work, and I do not need to sprain my thumb or take such risks. Going to get flat-resistant, or Kevlar or puncture-proof tires!

So I started looking for information on flat-resistant tires on line and came across this discussion:
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-312357.html

As well as some sage advice “watch out when you see shiny stuff ahead.” ( Avoid running over glass, haha).
http://bicycling.about.com/od/bikemaintenance/a/avoiding_flats.htm

Anyone have any experience with flat-resistant, puncture-proof or Kevlar tires? I do not have a car, so I use the bike to get around, do errands, pub-hop, go to my business in JP from Roslindale, or I take it on the T and ride from North Station to my job in Cambridge. I do ride on cement sidewalks on Hyde Park Ave, because I refuse to ride on that road with the way they race. I also ride on asphalt roads and bike paths, and sometimes on roads or paths that have some gravel. I think I hit a sharp stone this time, but in the past I got flats due to under-inflation and punctures. I do ride hard and fast, so if I do see something below that I want to avoid, I can’t always manage to do so. Oh, yeah, I have a Fuji Absolute 4.0 road hybrid.  The tires are Kenda 28-622 / 700-28c

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4 Responses to “Another flat tire…”

  1. Ben Says:

    I’ve had very good luck with tire liners. They add some weight but not a lot, and do a great job of helping to prevent flats.

  2. phoenixfirebird Says:

    Thanks, I considered them. I thought about the investment and decided I’d rather spend a bit more on new tires, since I will need new tires in the near future anyway. I just wanted to have some knowledge about brand reputation before I spoke to bike shops and compared costs/brands.

  3. Sue Says:

    I use shwalbe marathon green guard tires on my commuter bike.

  4. phoenixfirebird Says:

    Thanks, Sue and Ben. There was not a lot of brand selection and I needed to fix the flat as well as replace the tire, since it is close to worn out now ( I use my bike for errands and often carry heavy items in the fold-out rear baskets). I wanted to get it done ASAP along with new brake pads for the front tire (which is not worn down yet so it does not need replacing). I was looking at Continentals or the Schwalbe Marathon, which Jeff Ferris said was sturdier overall, so I chose that to replace the rear tire. Once the front tire wears down I will likely do the same there, although I have never had a flat front tire. I was surprised at how busy the bike shop is, must be all the rain. Normally I can drop my bike off and pick it up the same or next day, but Friday was the earliest deadline they could promise me. I want to be sure to ready to roll in the whimsical and fun J.P. Spring Roll! http://jpbikes.ning.com/page/spring-roll-2012-is-june-10

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