An older post but I thought it to be relevant with all this grit on the road from the flooding. I for one am glad I have left the Gatorskins on. Might be good to carry extra air and tubes for a couple weeks.
The only good time to get a flat is in your garage before you go for a ride. Unless your meeting the group! I’ve been practicing this little trick for years and have found it to work VERY well. You can greatly reduce your flats by applying this 5 minute tire service every couple rides.
Note: Use this method for your road bike with standard inner tubes.
Here is what you need. A sharp object like this old spoke (left) that was sharpened. A pocket knife will work pretty good. A flashlight and super glue.
Step 1: After wiping down your tires with a wet paper towel or rag take your flashlight and look for embedded rocks, glass, diamonds, gold, whatever is in there. The flashlight really helps to locate the tiniest rocks.
Boom! While embedded rocks might not have caused a flat yet think about the next time you ride and hit a bumpy stretch that little rock only gets deeper and closer to the inner tube.
Step 2: Take your sharp object and pick out the rock. Be careful, you don’t want to push it any deeper.
Hold up! Your not done yet. Now you are left with tiny holes.
Step 3: Apply a SMALL dab of super glue to the hole. I like to let some air out of the tires and pinch the tire, this opens the hole up so the glue gets deeper.
Bam! It seriously takes five minutes and will greatly increase the life of your tires and reduce the number of your flats.
Rob, another good method is to put on a latex glove and rub you finger over the tire as you slowly spin it. The glove will catch on the embedded rock chip. You can also do that on the inside of the tire to find those pesky pieces of steel belt wire that cause slow leak flats.
Awesome tip! Thanks!
I’m not too sure about this super glue. I would be afraid the super glue would dry to a sharp point in the tire and this may lead to a punctured tube. Any thoughts?
Very interesting. I’ve been using super glue for about 10 years and have not flatted as a result from using glue. But you bring up a interesting point. I do recommend using a dab only.
I like the superglue idea. Hadn’t thought of that. Another that has saved me over the years is cleaning my tires while riding before the debris even gets embedded.
I do this but use shoe goo instead of super glue. Works great.
Awesome! Thanks for the tip!
Shoe Goo sounds like a winner because it stays flexible.
Instead of super glue try Shoe Goo which doesn’t cure as fast but does hold up a bit better. Also works good if you get a flat because of a small sharp object and you want to put something in to kind of cover the pin hole (because expensive tires are not made to be tossed every week in the winter) http://www.amazon.com/Shoegoo-82049-Shoe-Goo-Clear/dp/B002L9AL84/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450473810&sr=8-1&keywords=boot+glue
Awesome! Thanks for the tip!