Lightening puncture repair

Pootling home quite happily on Friday and suddenly [these thngs always happen suddenly don’t they]

The back wheel starts to rumble and bounce badly giving me the tell tale signs of a lack of pressure and impending flat.

Dismount and inspect.

Ahh Found the bugger! Bloody hedge trimmers!


And here he is removed.


Big Sucka ain’t he! The real life personification of one of my favorite Jo Burt Pictures:


So the reason for the post. If you happen to have a single speed road bike with big bolts to hold the wheels in place instead of QR skewers then you [like me] probably don’t carry a ruddy great spanner / wrench round with you. So repairs and not replace are the name of the game.

Highway Munky How To:

Remove part of the tyre from the rim that the offending thorn has entered. Pull out the tube and identify the exact area:


Now patch it, you can use standard repair kits but I prefer to use Super patches from Park Tool. So much quicker and easier.


And when applied it should look something like: [i had to use 2 as the thorn had clearly had a party and abused my tube]


Now to re inflate, I don’t know about you but I find standing at the side of the road using a hand pump in what can only be described as embarrassing and a waste of time. So I go for one of these.


Air Gun with Co2 cartridges [quite cheap when you get staff rate at your LBS] reinflates in 10 seconds. Jobs a good un!

Back on the road 15 mins not bad.


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