Flat tyres - What to do ?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by outsider580, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. outsider580

    outsider580 Adventurer

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    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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  2. ECKS-Man

    ECKS-Man Been here awhile

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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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  3. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Always carry the gear and always hope I never have to use it :evil
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  4. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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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.

    Pete
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  5. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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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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  6. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    ^ What he said.....plus RACQ.
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  7. podge NT

    podge NT Podge NT

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    Usually takes you 2 hours I reckon mate but when your mates help its a 10 min job :evil:evil
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  8. digga1111

    digga1111 bann ed

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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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  9. outsider580

    outsider580 Adventurer

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    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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  10. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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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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  11. Jono660

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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.:cry 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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  12. willows

    willows Been here awhile

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    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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  13. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    I carry one of these
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    and a kit similar to this but no gas bottles
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    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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  14. Alex KLE500

    Alex KLE500 n00b

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    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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  15. bully1

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    fix the bastard then ride out..... be ready and aware before you hit the trails.:deal
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  16. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    other thing to consider it reducing your chances of a puncture. you can get either heavy duty or ultra heavy duty tubes. the latter weigh a fair bit but it takes a lot to hole them.

    plus they are so bulky it's like having about 7psi and at least with the front you can still ride home if you take it easy and the bead remains unbroken..
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  17. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I carry the spares and tools, and there's a carton for whoever changes the tube for me.

    I couldn't even change my pushy tube without putting a whole in it as a kid.
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  18. DR Steve

    DR Steve Been here awhile

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    I've always carried levers, patches and a front tube for the last 15+ yrs in the bush, but running UHD bridgstone tubes, have never needed them.

    Rode the DR home about 70 klms on a flat front once as I didn't think I'd need the bumbag....

    Two things that worry me about a flat on the DR are:

    1) Breaking the bead on the rear wheel - do most of you blokes carry some sort of bead breaking tool ?

    2) Inflating the repair - I only carry a mountain bike hand pump which I doubt will set the bead after a repair. On the enduro bikes, with MX knobbies, it seats itself after a few klms - not sure if the DOT type tyres will do that ?
    The compact electric pumps, like pictured earlier, would be ideal but how bulky are they and what sort of a drain do they put on the battery. The car type ones can pull a few amps.
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  19. felixblack1

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    1. easiest way if you're with another bike is to use their sidestand to break the bead. works a treat
    2. after using a hand pump i tend to find the bead will seat itself once you get up some speed
    Start the bike up and let it idle while you use an electric pump. The DR650's stator is running at full output at idle

    The below link helped me a lot
    http://www.ktm950.info/how/Tire%20Shop/tire_change/neduro_tire_change.html
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  20. DR Steve

    DR Steve Been here awhile

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    Some good info in that link - but doing it at home is easy with proper dirt bike rims that don't have a safety bead like the DR does on the rear. I have found it's not possible to break the bead on the rear DR rim with boots on. I'll give the sidestand trick a go next time I change a tyre.
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