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Puncture Repair

Sunday August 24, 2008
Repaired

Repaired

Okay, so not overly happy about yesterday’s puncture but I did manage to get to Halfords this morning to buy some repair kit.

The pump is already in the seat post on the D7HG but I still needed a tyre leaver and a puncture kit.  There were a few choices of kit at Halfords.  I’ve grown up knowing about the little box with the the rubber patches, glue, chalk, crayon and sandpaper – these kits were there.  However, I opted for some pre-glued patches called “Skabs” from a company called Slime.  You get six patches in a little box along with a scuffer.  It’s a great idea and the appears to work well – in next to no time my puncture was repaired!

Checking on the Slime website, they also make inner tubes for bikes which have ‘SLiME’ in them.  Now these seem pretty cool and they’re something I’m going to consider: “Smart Tubes instantly seek out and seal punctures as they occur, preventing flats, repeatedly and continuously for up to two years“.  I’ve read somewhere that the road tyres in general are more prone to punctures so this may be the answer.

The other item I needed was a tyre lever and I selected the SpeedLever from crankbrothers.  No need for three tyre levers, just take this one!  Gets the inner tube out very quickly.

Right, I think that Skab should be set now so I’ll take a look at getting the tube back in and the bike road-worthy again.

It’s a shame it’s raining.

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Puncture Repair

Wednesday July 30, 2008

No, I haven’t had my first puncture on the Dahon but I just read a great post on the Dahon website forum.  The topic was in relation to wheeling a Dahon Curve to a bus stop after the guy had a puncture.  One of the helpful posts which subsequently appeared on the forum gave this great advice:

You’re out in the middle of nowhere and a looong, long way from any bus stops. And it’s miles and miles from ‘civilisation’, ie., no help, in any direction. Repair patches all used up, no good anyway, because the pump’s just gone kaput!

So, what to do?

Take the tyre off the rim – no need to remove the wheel if it’s one of those complicated rear wheel combinations – AND pack as much roadside grass as you possibly can into the tyre. It’ll protect the rim and surprisingly, (depending on how much grass you were able to squeeze in and then replace the tyre back on the rim), effective. You will find that you can cycle quite efficiently until you reach help.
[From a post by ‘Danny K’ on the Dahon forum]

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