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!

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And here he is removed.

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

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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:

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

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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]

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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.

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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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