Fixing a puncture on the road

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Vantage » 27 Sep 2013, 8:57am

Mick F wrote:I've not had one since 20th July 2012.
I've done nearly 5,000miles since then.


And now that you've dared her, she'll jump out from the next river/stream you pass and harpoon your front tyre lol
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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby mjr » 27 Sep 2013, 12:33pm

thirdcrank wrote:I used to think like you till I could afford a track pump. I found that once I was inflating tyres to a high pressure, rather than "that feels hard," I was spending too much time with patches eventually coming off.

I don't suffer that so much since changing to adhesive patches.
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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby ArMoRothair » 27 Sep 2013, 1:57pm

661-Pete wrote: I spread each coat gently with a clean fingertip.


Or a clean knuckle, because your fingertips will be FILTHY by this stage :D

I used to swear by Tip Top patches but these days I've got lazy and find the self-adhesive ones are perfectly good, and a lot quicker to use.

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Mick F » 27 Sep 2013, 2:32pm

IrishBill76 wrote:
Mick F wrote:I've not had one since 20th July 2012.
I've done nearly 5,000miles since then.


And now that you've dared her, she'll jump out from the next river/stream you pass and harpoon your front tyre lol
Funny you say that. :oops:

I was approaching Plymouth on the A388 and noticed my front tyre was going soft. :oops:
"Oh heck!" (or words to that affect) I shouted and immediately thought that I'd spoken too soon on the forum! :oops:

Wheel out, tube out, tyre off and inside out and I found nothing. Absolutely nothing to account for the soggy tyre.
Then I spied the patch on the tube that had come adrift - the one that I'd put on after my puncture in July last year! That one had been a shard of glass, but this one was just the slipped patch.

New tube out, tyre on, new tube in, tyre on completely, CO2 connected, nice hard tyre!
Ride completed without further incident.

The old tube is going to be recycled. I really can't be bothered in fixing it again and then not trusting it.
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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Mark1978 » 27 Sep 2013, 2:42pm

puffin wrote:My time is running out... I have done LEJOG twice and never had a puncture (my tyres are called Marathon which I gather are strengthened). The odds are surely stacked against me....


No they aren't. You're no more likely to puncture next time as you were the previous times.

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby [XAP]Bob » 27 Sep 2013, 2:53pm

Mark1978 wrote:
puffin wrote:My time is running out... I have done LEJOG twice and never had a puncture (my tyres are called Marathon which I gather are strengthened). The odds are surely stacked against me....


No they aren't. You're no more likely to puncture next time as you were the previous times.

Until you wear through the tyre...
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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Si » 27 Sep 2013, 3:21pm

Mick F wrote:
IrishBill76 wrote:
Mick F wrote:I've not had one since 20th July 2012.
I've done nearly 5,000miles since then.


And now that you've dared her, she'll jump out from the next river/stream you pass and harpoon your front tyre lol
Funny you say that. :oops:

I was approaching Plymouth on the A388 and noticed my front tyre was going soft. :oops:
"Oh heck!" (or words to that affect) I shouted and immediately thought that I'd spoken too soon on the forum! :oops:


Wouldn't have happened if you'd been on the segregated cycle path :wink:

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby MartinC » 27 Sep 2013, 6:51pm

Si wrote:.......Wouldn't have happened if you'd been on the segregated cycle path :wink:


Ah, paths segregated from punctures - those would be worth having!

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby eileithyia » 27 Sep 2013, 6:55pm

Ellieb wrote:I can't believe the number of people on this thread mentioning the 'p' word without any censorship. You fools! Do you really believe the fairy will not notice you? :shock:

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Redvee » 27 Sep 2013, 11:07pm

Mick F wrote:The old tube is going to be recycled. I really can't be bothered in fixing it again and then not trusting it.


One of the seven I was going to repair ended up the same. When I pumped up the tube to find the hole and counted 8 patches I thought that it was time for the last rites of the tube. I must also do the final checking of the tubes before the OH gets in the bath, her bubblebath makes it harder to see any leaks.

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby andrewwoods » 28 Sep 2013, 8:29am

Mick F wrote:The old tube is going to be recycled.


When you say recycled, do you actually have a better option than throwing it in the landfill? The same with worn out tyres - what <green/> options are there?

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Mick F » 28 Sep 2013, 8:58am

I said "recycled" because I'll use it for something else.

We have one in the garden on a stake holding a tree, I make lazzy bands if I need them too.
Also, thinking about the other thread regarding Presta valves coming off, if you cut a 2" piece and make a hole in it, you can put it over the valve stem before you insert it in the hole.
If you make a tool for something, the rubber can make a padded handle.
The rubber makes a good frame protector if you clamp something on your frame.

As for actually "recycling", I don't know what's done with rubber if you take it to the local recycling dump. I know they take tyres.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby andrewwoods » 28 Sep 2013, 9:37am

Thanks.

The scouts have sometimes had old tubes for catapults, but I've never found anything for tyres. Locally they just go in the landfill.

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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby Phil Fouracre » 28 Sep 2013, 9:42am

All these problems! Slime, slime, slime - magic stuff!
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Re: Fixing a puncture on the road

Postby 661-Pete » 28 Sep 2013, 6:29pm

andrewwoods wrote:
Mick F wrote:The old tube is going to be recycled.


When you say recycled, do you actually have a better option than throwing it in the landfill? The same with worn out tyres - what <green/> options are there?

Last time I visited the public tip, I had a couple of old bike tyres with me. I was just about to drop them in the 'general waste' skip when an attendant came up to me, said firmly "No" and grabbed them out of my hand. "These go in the used tyres skip, I'll take them along if you like". I didn't even know there was a way of recycling tyres - bike or other. I do know, that when you have a car tyre replaced, the garage slap on a charge for 'environmental disposal' or whatnot :( .

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