I have been involved in the bike workshop.
One of the reasons mentioned for the workshop is to enable people to learn the skills to maintain their bikes.
It made me wonder how did people learn how to fix punctures?
I leant as a child probably watching my father or a friends father eventually I had a go and muddled my way through it and with everything you get better with practice.
Assuming most people here can fix a puncture.
How did people learn?
Do people think there is a demand for lessons in what some people would consider very basic maintenance?
I've tried the glueless, maybe they were'nt scabs but I wasn't impressed on the first attempt.
Yes, I think I am sold on scabs now. It's so boring I ride around all the time with a patch kit in my pannier and when I need it it's gone to seed.
.. and now I've just discovered I have a flat to deal with in the morning too!
it seems that the puncture fairy only visits me on the SSRC rides so Colin usually gets frustrated with me and does it! =-)
thanks col! =-)
@ trent not frustrated just amused !! and its no trouble to help out
Perhaps when they see you on a ride they go past the local three corner jack farm.
Why are they called a three corner jacks when they have 4 points?
I HATE three corner jacks!
they do, don't they... four, not three... just shows the power of suggestion, I always thought the little buggers had three because I believed the name and didn't pay attention.
Usually the pain they cause if you tread on one with bare feet, or run over one on your bike, makes you just rip them out and dispose of them - not look too closely.
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I'm with Clive here, give me glue-ons for a permanent fix, only use glue-less as a time saver. Generally chuck in a new tube and fix the other at home with glue then hang up in the shed. I'm still rolling on tubes I brought out from UK 8 years ago and they were patched then. Its like painting the house, its all in the prep - really go to town with the sandpaper, not the nasty metal scrapy thing chuck that away. Then dont touch the area you are glueing with your pinkies (oil). Apply glue as a thin coat allow to dry completely i.e. 3-5 mins or set light to it 3-5 seconds! Allow to cool and apply patch press firmly with thumb and hold for 15-20 sec, peel backingcarefully and 'Voila' Job's a good'un!
Other thing is to be sure you have removed the offending article, take the tyre completely off the wheel, turn it inside out and run you pinkies over the inside very thoroughly but carefully or you might get a cut. Since I've been doing this never had a repeat puncture. It's the old adage, slow and steady wins the day. Take your time and do the job properly. You can do this while the glue dries...effectively no advantage in instant glue jobs in this case...
I just did the Basic Bike Care quick course on Tuesday night at BikeSA HQ and we learnt how to change a tire there. Found it to be very beneficial to learn some new things about my bike and skills that I know I will need as I get into riding more. It was certainly worth the $45 to do the course. Thinking of getting into the next course so I can learn bit more.
I use a biro