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.




I managed to lock myself out of the house last night so whilst I was sat in the garage I thought i’d attend to a couple of pressing issues.

  1. The Pain in my Arse!

I have developed a whopper of a saddle sore through the changing of saddles, neglect and over heating!

So to remedy this I have swopped the Specialized comp saddle that comes stock for my broken in Specialized Alias saddle. This must have had come benefit for I did a 30 minute ride to work and was confortable and not sore when I arrive.

I need to take better care of myself, so Assos Chamoix Cream applied liberally, Cycling shorts removed and bottom washed immediately. Talcomb powder to dry and then Savlon to heal an hour later. This is my “make bottom happy again” plan. It feels better today so it may be working.

Overheating may also be part of the problem, I wear baggies over my cycling shorts most of the time and I think that this maybe what I causing the problem, So I’m going to try without for a week and see what difference it makes.

2. Slippy feet.

I am having problems with my shoes due to worn out cleats slipping out of my pedals, so I took the opportunity to change the cleats and clean the bike.

Cleaning is easy and over in 5 minutes leaving me with a nice shiny [and if I do say great] looking bike. Now to the cleats.

As you would expect if you’ve ever used them MTB shimano type cleats are trick buggers to get off having been used for a while. These particular ones have been used for the better part of a year almost every day in all weathers and had all sorts of dirt, grime, mud so the little screws did not want to come out.

A bit of GT85 spray and application of near arm breaking force and all but one of them was out and then the inevitable dreaded event occurred, The allen key head on the screw threaded.

And nothing in my tool box would turn that screw. Crap!

So in order to sort this issue I broke out Big Burther;  the heavy duty drill, and a 1mm metal drill bit and set to work destroying the screw.

My theory being that if I drill through the screw but stop before I get to the carbon sole of the shoe then I will be able to break the screw off and then using pliers untwist the remain stump of the screw.

Thank fully my theory panned out and it only cost me on drill bit  (and nearly an eye). the drill bit snapped and the flying bit hit my eye brow….. bit too close for comfort.

So tip Highwaymunky tips:

  1. Always wear goggles!
  2. Drilling out screws for cleats is a tried and tested way of getting the stuck cleats off

[WARNING!! Only try this if you are confident using the tools! if you are not careful you could wreck your shoes or worse!]