What to do when you have flats?

So what does one do when they have a flat while riding their bike. It pretty obvious, use it as a teaching moment for the new people in your social riding club. Read on.

Today’s Ciclistas Urbanos ride was a fun ride but I had a tube with a slow to moderate leak. I noticed it on the first stop at the coffee shop. I told the group to ride on and I’ll catch up to them when I’m done. After inspecting the tube I found only one spot where there was a small leak and patched it up. I doubled-timed it to the next stop to meet up with the group and when I got there I noticed that the tire was low on air. Oh Well, I figured that I’ll just keep adding air (since it’s free) and ride to the next stop for lunch. Seemed like a good idea. My little pump is able to pump in 120 psi of free air!

After having a great lunch at Feldmans I decided that the ride back would be too much for the tire so I decided to use this opportunity to show some of the new members on how to change the tube. None of them had done it before and this was a great teaching moment. I had to show them twice since the tube I put in was bad! It wasn’t a new tube and apparently, I brought the tube with a bad valve stem. Good thing someone had a new spare tube for me to use. Popped it back in and pumped in some more of that free air and bingo presto my tire was ready to go.

Some offered their spare tube to their bike, but I had to explain to them that their mountain bike tire would not work in my 700x23c tires. Some had seen tire levers but had no idea what they were used before. Overall, I think they got the basic understanding of the tools and techniques used to take the tire off, check for any sharp protruding objects under the tire, replacing the tube and reassemble the tire.

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