So, this morning, 6am. i'm up and i'm ready. about to head to the park for my (hopefully) regular 20km jaunt before work. I'm going through my usual morning ritual of turning on the lights and checking my tyres when i discover my front wheel is a flat as a tac.

I rode it on saturday morning without issue, i then went away for the weekend so hadn't touched it since 9:30am saturday morning. Not sure how it would have gone flat in that time but such is life.

So i set about fixing the puncture. Oops, my repair kit is out of glue, fortunately i have a spare tube that i always carry and we're away. So, i haven't changed a tube in forever, admittedly the last 2 times i've just taken it to the bike shop to change, but at 6am it was not an option today. took a little while to figure it all out. 30 minutes later it was all done, but my plans were dashed.

A cruisy ride in with the bike bus and a good chat was the order of the day.

Will have to make up for it tomorrow morning!! :)

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Comment by Peter H on July 7, 2008 at 10:20am
Similar thing happened to me on Friday morning. I woke up nice and early, checked my tyres, and the back one was almost completely flat. So, I rip the tube out and inflate, I could not hear or see anything so it was into the kitchen sink and I found a very small leak. A blister that was on one of the tubes seams had burst. The blister was about the size of the head of a pin, a quick patch and I was on my way, albeit a bit later than expected.

I've also had small pieces of wire (from truck tyres) in my tube without leaking - until the wire was removed.

Anyhow, I am now of the opinion that punctures happen, we fix them, and they happen again. Such is life.
Comment by Owning on July 7, 2008 at 10:40am
I am newbie rider. 9 week 6 punctures. Two front and 4 behind!
Comment by T6079 on July 7, 2008 at 10:44am
I go through weird phases. I've gone 4-5 months without a flat and then get 2 or 3 in as many weeks. Since getting back on the bike, 2 weeks ago, this is my first flat. fingers crossed its not the first of a string.

I feel better now however, having actually done the change myself. i'm confident that i can do it easily enough. Luckily i was at home so i had good lighting etc, diong it at night would suck massively!!
Comment by Peter H on July 7, 2008 at 10:53am
you get used to it. At night (or early morning) and in the rain is the most fun.
Comment by Tony Arnold on July 7, 2008 at 1:42pm
From "Owning"
>> I am newbie rider. 9 week 6 punctures. Two front and 4 behind!

I had a similar thing happen when I bought my bike 2 years ago. I had about 10 punctures in 1 month and because I was a newbie, I didn't really know what I was doing wrong.

I changed 3 things that fixed the problem.

The first thing was that I found a tiny grain of glass in my rear tyre (hidden in a tiny slit in the rubber). Sometimes it is not enough to just run your fingers over the surface to find bits that are sticking out of the rubber. You have to look really closely at every imperfection in the tyre.

The second thing was that I bought an "armadillo" tyre which is especially puncture-resistant.

The third thing was that I replaced my rim tape (the tape protects the inner-tybe from the spoke holes). Sometimes new bikes have cheap rim tape. Have a look at where the punctures are occuring and you should be able to tell whether the problem is from the road side of the tube or from the rim side of the tube. If you are getting punctures on the rim side, then rim tape may be your problem.

Now I've only had 1 puncture in 18 months.
Comment by Simon Sharwood on July 7, 2008 at 2:48pm
I had a flat, changed it, then noticed Torpedo 7 selling 10 tubes for $25 bucks.
So I ordered those.
But they did not arrive before my next big ride and I decided it was not wise to tempt the gods by going out without a tube.
So now I have eleven brand new tubes.
What's the bet I don't puncture for a year?
Comment by T6079 on July 7, 2008 at 3:08pm
Thats a great tactic. might use that myself!!
Comment by Colin on July 7, 2008 at 3:11pm
Using a store of bike tubes as a prophylactic...
Comment by naomi on July 7, 2008 at 5:10pm
probikekit.com often has cheap tubes often on sale that are good to get in bulk.

Making sure your tyres are pumped up to the right pressure will also help ensure you are not increasing your chances of getting one.

Here is a great video to help with how to change your tyre - it took me ages at first but I am better now!
Comment by Colin on July 7, 2008 at 7:58pm
I watched the video Naomi posted, and it brought home the the whole journey of my "flat-fixing" knowledge.

The first time I ever got a flat, I took it to a friend's house, and he showed me how to replace the tube (he didn't believe in patching tubes). I paid attention to his careful teaching, and was afterwards able to replace a few tubes on my own, although I made some classic mistakes, such as not checking to see if the puncture-causing material (usually glass) was still embedded in the tyre before installing the new tube.

Then I bought a patch kit and figured out how to use it, making classic mistakes like not sanding the tube, or not waiting till the glue was dry.

And now I prefer to patch tubes rather than replace them - you can even leave the wheel on the bike when you do this! It's quicker and cheaper and easier.

But I'm still a wimp - I've never patched a tube by the side of the road. I prefer the bright light of my living room. But I'm starting to consider carrying a patch kit on my bike at all times. One day...

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