DIY in-the-field flat repair

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Straightedge, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Straightedge

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    Thanks AnnieGS.
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  2. zachbrowning

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    Very sound advice.:lol3
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  3. racer

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    In addition to the above items to carry, I carry a small bottle of shampoo, available in any motel room. I wrap duct tape around it to make a smaller roll of duct tape.

    Add a little water to the shampoo and use liberally. Had a flat half way across the Denali gravel highway in the middle of Alaska. Took me about two hours in a 42 degree rain to change the tube and put a patch on the inside of the tire since it had a one inch cut.

    My riding partner asked what he could do......I told him to get the camera and take pictures. :D
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  4. Beezer

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    some beads break by stomping, some by hand even.... some require the clamp. a side stand works good if you have a friends bike (or a center stand), anyway you'll figure that out. something I highly recommend is a Bead Buddy... it's a little Y shaped wedge that holds the bead & frees up 2 hands for the spoons. also, when you pull the spoon out from between the tire & rim roll it out to the side (like parallel to the rim) when you go all the way over it tends to bite deeper into the tire

    I run 30psi on the highway & drop to 18-20 in the dirt (no rimlocks)

    save your money to buy Ricor valves for your KLR forks.... works wonders. forget changing the springs, go straight to the valves
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  5. Straightedge

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    What's "funny" about this project is I haven't ridden the ex500 (but heard it run--a couple years ago!) and the KLR I rode around but have no idea how either bike is supposed to handle. The Ricors are on order/back order and a 320mm front rotor upgrade is in-house. I'm upgrading the things KLR owners fuss about but, short of riding an all-original, I won't know how much better I've made it.
    Armed with this info I'm hopeful/confident the front tire change will happen this weekend. Thanks so much for the tips!
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  6. JRose

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    Lots of good info here.

    Question;

    How many of you carry a front and rear replacement tube? I've heard rumor that you can run a front tube in the rear for a trail fix.
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  7. AustinJake

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    Yes, you can put any size larger in a smaller tire as a temp fix, we even put an 18 inch tube in a 19" rear wheel one time, the guy didn't even know he was running a 19" rim....we kept wondering why it was such a tight fit....

    The thing about putting a 21" tube in an 18" rear, when you get home, you have to swap it out again. I always carry an 18" tube and a 21" tube AND a patch kit and a 12v pump, I kinda have to ......

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  8. mbrick

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    Great pics Austinjake!

    What's the 2nd rod you are using for a makeshift center stand?

    Was wondering how people do it on bikes without a center stand.
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    Where do you carry the 30 gallon metal drum on a trip ?
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  10. LVCJT

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    My friends bike outside of Las Vegas this past weekend. Between us we had everything needed to change it out. Airing it up was another story:banghead:

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  11. MCMXCIVRS

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    Yep, you look just like your avatar :huh Now trying to get that image erased from my permanent memory :baldy


    If you have space, a small piece of tarp to work on helps minimize the dirt and grit getting inside the tire when there's no clean working surface. Grit inside the tire can grind a hole in the tube and you'll get more practice at fixing it. I cut a 3' x 3' piece of cheap blue tarp material and added it to my tire kit. Also helps to remove as much dust, dirt and mud from the tire and wheel before opening it up if you can.


    My opportunity to practice/learn from a couple weeks ago.

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  12. LVCJT

    LVCJT Been here awhile

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    Yeah..... Not me. I've thought about doing something similar. I was thinking 18x18 to keep the bearings clean. I was very happy with my kit though neither of us packed our pumps:thumbdown: but we still managed to get the job done quickly for our first time in the field. Luckily we were right outside of a small town so I just took the tire and aired it up. Lessen learned though. Don't assume the other guy has what you may need.

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