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Old 01-12-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Flat tyres - What to do ?

Wow I just wrote a heap of stuff here and some how I must have pressed a wrong button and it has all just disappeared.. How did that happen?

Anyway I had written that I finally got my open license yesterday and went for my first solo ride today on my KLR650 and got a flat tyre way up on a mountain. (Mt Mee QLD)

I ended up calling a mate to come get me with a trailer but while I was sitting there enjoying the view it got me thinking.

1)What would you have done ?

2) Does everyone carry tyre repair gear all the time and do their own repairs - even on local rides ?

3) Is there some mobile mob to call that comes and fixes your tyre ?

4) Would you use a tow truck or similar ?

5) Or does everyone rely on their mates to come get them ?

I do have patches, CO2 cans and spare tubes at home which I would take on longer or more remote rides but I had taken nothing with me as I was not planning on being far from home and really wasn't expecting to get a flat.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:58 AM   #2
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I just have a spare front tube, patch kit, tyre levers and other tools in my camel back. Standard equipment for me when riding. With tubeless tyres I switched to a dog turd tubeless repair kit. Can't rely on anyone but me to get my bike home!
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:00 AM   #3
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Always carry the gear and always hope I never have to use it
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:02 AM   #4
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Wait until the tyre is close to end of life and practice changing tubes in the comfort of your garage.

And yeah, that's one of the reason I ride a bike with tubeless tires - 5 minute easy fix instead of an hours sweating and cursing.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:02 AM   #5
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gday mate
practice at home
and it will be a 10 minute job on the trail
carry a spare tube (a 21 inch will fit front and back) levers and the tools you need to whip your front and back tyre off with
i remember when flat tyres worried me but with a bit of practice, you'll be right
were you at the peachester shop yesterday?
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:03 AM   #6
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I just have a spare front tube, patch kit, tyre levers and other tools in my camel back. Standard equipment for me when riding. With tubeless tyres I switched to a dog turd tubeless repair kit. Can't rely on anyone but me to get my bike home!
^ What he said.....plus RACQ.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:05 AM   #7
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gday mate
practice at home
and it will be a 10 minute job on the trail
carry a spare tube (a 21 inch will fit front and back) levers and the tools you need to whip your front and back tyre off with
i remember when flat tyres worried me but with a bit of practice, you'll be right
were you at the peachester shop yesterday?

Usually takes you 2 hours I reckon mate but when your mates help its a 10 min job
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:20 AM   #8
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do those things have a centre stand. if not, work out a method to stand the bike to fit the wheels back on. balancing a loaded bike and trying to fit a rear wheel in the pissing down rain can be interesting
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:25 AM   #9
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gday mate
were you at the peachester shop yesterday?
No, not at peachester yesterday.

OK so it sounds like I should have the gear with me all the time.
I do have a tool tube on the bike with tools in it. but I hadn't put any patches or leavers in it.

I really didn't expect to get a flat on the black top, I usually ride trails and have never had a flat......
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:31 AM   #10
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I have.tubes, tools and a cheap compressor on my bike at all times. I've used the kit out on the trails and generally take about 30 mins to fix a flat. Mad to go out ill-prepared I reckon.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:09 AM   #11
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I would agree with everyone else re: carry the gear ect..........but..............I ride my bike(s) 50kmseach way to work and don't carry my tools with me. Got a flat(front) about 15kms from town with 35kms to go. Wife was in Brisbane and I decided to limp home @70kmh. Got it up to about 80kmh with my arse right over the rear guard to get the weight off the front. Worst trip home from work ever. Plan now on setting the bike up with a tank bag or similar with a standard amount of regular gear for commuting such as tyre repair/tube, bike cover and wet weather gear. Ahh the joys.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:56 AM   #12
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learnt a lesson

Recently had a front tube blow out on the KLR. about 90k from home. I had levers, patches and CO cartridges and a home-made quickjack in my tool tube. Turns out the tube had a 70mm long hole in it ! Probably why it went down so fast.
Luckily a mate was able to bring me a new tube.
I have now added a front tube to the tool tube.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:04 AM   #13
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I carry one of these

and a kit similar to this but no gas bottles

So far so good, I haven't needed it but it has got others going on the side of the road but my bikes tubeless.Tube and tyre irons doesn't seem to be much extra though.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:12 AM   #14
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Tube repair

I carry a can of the green tyre repair gunk supposedly not for motorcyles.

I had a flat on the front tube 80km from home

Used the pressure can with the latex glue and after an initial 30km/h run
for 10 minutes it was OK then I limped home at 80kph, Was still up next
day when I went to the bike shop for a new tube.

Pulling the wheel off and repairing it with my other kit was not an option
as there was only 2' shoulder on the highway, and traffic was horrendous.

I had been carrying it around for 5 years and had thought about leaving it at home.

Now have a new can that goes with me always.

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:18 AM   #15
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fix the bastard then ride out..... be ready and aware before you hit the trails.
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