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?
there is still alot of riders out there that dont know how to fix a puncture ie how to remove the tyre and how to replace the tube
but i think most of them that ride with a group will always find some1 who knows and will show them how its done.
yep. stopped to help some girls last week who had a flat, they had no idea what to do, had no spare tube on them or pump or anything. They said "the guys always fix out flats". I bit my tongue and thought "maybe it's time you learnt!"
I'd be happy to let someone else come and fix mine too!
If you need to learn anything from how to boil an egg, to brain surgery, put a query on YouTube.
Some people (mostly blokes) seem able to burn water.
I had an ex that could do that, I thought it was a myth!
I think I read a little, but added a little as I went (like putting a little air in the tube before reseating the tyre to prevent pinch flats).
Having copped a puncture yesterday roughly half way between Meadows and Willunga I did think how wise it would be to invest in a pump that utilises the little compressed gas cylinders like most of you probably have (I think). Although I have no probs changing a tube / tyre, I have never seen one of these devices used and have heard "explosive" stories when their usage hasn't quite gone right. I guess that has intimidated me from purchasing one.
Along those lines, I think I know where you are heading with this Don, and I think it would be a great idea...
@ adam if there used correctly they should not cause a problem as the 16oz co2 will bring a standard 700x23 tyre up to 120psi max b4 it runs out,i have one that you can control the flow into the tyre.you will of coarse need to deflate the tyre when home and re- do it with air as co2 slowly leaks through the tude due to the tiny molecules