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April 25, 2009

I'm a Wuss

I'm awful at changing flat tires on bicycles. Most of it is pretty straight-forward but I have a problem when it comes to actually pulling the tire off the rim. I don't really have the brute strength to do so. And for those of you who know about these things, I am using tire levers. I'm not completely sure if it's the correct way but I am. :)

On Thursday, I got my first flat tire ever. Since I didn't have the things I needed to fix it on me, I dragged the bike home and waited until the next day to fix it. I started at 1pm. It was finally fixed at 8pm. And, even then, only with my father's help. I'm thinking I should practice on my older bicycle a time or two in the next week.

It might not be just me though. I read on a forum that the tires on touring bikes often have a tighter fit. So frustrating.


Scotty said...

i feel your frustration... as a teenager, I could change tires and modify my bicycle with the best of them... now as an adult it seems as though my bike-fixing IQ has diminished significantly ;)


Darren Alff said...

I completely understand where you are coming from. I hate changing flat tires as well. For me, though, it's getting the wheel off the bike that is actually my least favorite part. Once I've got it off the bike, I'm fine. But getting the wheel (especially the rear wheel) off the bike is my least favorite part of the whole experience.

Ferd said...

Keep practing!
The next one will go faster, maybe just 6 hours! Ha!

Berryvox said...

Darren - Yeah, it was the rear wheel for me this time. I didn't have too much trouble getting it off but I was worried that I didn't put the chain back on right.

Ferd - Ha, well, at least it's a decent rainyday activity!