Cycling: Fix your bicycle tire and move that buttie!

Heeeyho Readers! More updates from our little ranch!


I want you to start exercising. There's no excuses for those on the northern hemisphere, as summer approaches swiftly {contrary to us, southerners}. Furthermore, I don't need to reinforce the et ceteras of the benefits associated to exercising regularly. Move that buttie; ask questions later.

Now you are motivated. You go to the shed, open the door, move the grass mower to the side, remove your mom's never-used Turbonator 9000 vacuum cleaner out of the way, kick that stinky-ass racoon that's tryna bite you, and untangle the garden hose you Dad threw over everything. {Uff}. You reached the beautiful bicycle bought last summer — that you promised to use to loose weight. It's covered in webs, but is ridable.

It's sunny outside and you are all pimped to go for a ride. Earphones, helmet, water bottle, snacks. Your friend is waiting. You look down and the tire is flat. Fffffff me. You give up.

No more excuses!

I'm going to teach you how to fix a bicycle's flat tire. Less go.

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Here's the nemesis


First: Remove the wheel. You gotta figure out how to remove your wheel {sorry} because there are three main types: bolted, quick release, or bolt through. Mine is bolt through.

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Open the clamp

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Usain Unbolt


The wheel is off. Now what? Breath. Sip some beer. You are going to need some basic stuff.

Take note: Tire removal levers, glue, sandpaper, and tire repair (patch). Ah! Don't forget an air pump.

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Tire repair kit

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Pump


Second: Use the levers to remove the tire from the wheel. If it's too tight, don't hit your fingers on the spokes {it hurts}.

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Like this


Third: Depending on your valve type, there's a little nut. Remove it. Then, you can remove the inner tube from the wheel.

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If nutted, remove. If not nutted, not remove.

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Remove inner tube


Fourth: It's time to find the damn punctures. Begin by pumping air into the inner tube. If it's a teeny puncture, you might need to bury the tube under water to see where the bubbles are coming from. If it's a normal puncture you'll hear it. If it's a huge puncture you might need a new tube. Found it? I like to use a toothpick to mark the puncture.

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Pump it

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Mark it


Fifth: Use your sandpaper to scratch the rubber over the puncture. It grants better grip to glue the repair. Then, remove the back of the repair and apply some glue.

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Scratch

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Glue


Sixth: Place the repair over the puncture and let the glue dry. Applying some pressure helps. Once it's glued, you can peel the plastic.

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Patch the puncture

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Peel


Seventh: You are about ready to assemble everything back. Before that, run your hand inside the tire and try to find if there's something in there, like a thorn, nail or anything else. Remove whatever might be there. Now you can assemble the wheel again.

Tip: Pump some air into the tube as it's easier to assemble.

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Assemble everything


Now you are ready to move that buttie! If this tutorial is confusing, take your bike to a repair shop, but don't give up. Take the opportunity and ask the mechanic to teach you how to fix your own tire.

Enjoy the summer.

Peace.


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Disclaimer: The author of this post is a convict broke backpacker, who has travelled more than 10.000 km hitchhiking and more than 5.000 km cycling. Following him may cause severe problems of wanderlust and inquietud. You've been warned.


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Well Hello @mrprofessor !! I haven;t seen you in a while.
Maybe I missed your posts somehow. But glad I see you here.
And still on that bike!! Wow,

I featured your post in Listnerds.
If you don't know what it is, go check it out!
Let me know if you have any questions. :)

last-design-listnerds

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Yeeoooo! I've been here all this time. Always with a sore butt from cycling \o\

Gotta tell you I know nothing of marketing. I'm so bad at it that not even my book I'm able to sell hah

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Hahaha. Well, it might have been me...I was here too but somehow you must have not showed up on my feed or something. Stranger things have happened.

Well, this is not marketing in that kind of sense.
You basically send your posts (or other people's) from Hive through Listnerds...
And make lots of money doing it.
More sore butts from cycling the world!
Read my last post if you want to see how I did these last two months ;)
And as you can see: quite a few people came here through your post that I shared on Listnerds.

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I noticed! I'll inspect more closely (can't hide that I'm slow as hell to discover things).

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Good tutorial, it always happens. Now, I walk my dogs every day, but for some reason I am no longer friends with a bike. And that as a Dutchie ...

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Heeeeeey! What happened that you no longer cycle? I hope it's not a fall!?

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Old school and still cool because repairing is caring. I like your writing. It reads fluently with a smile and I totally feel that situation.
I'll support you from now on, thanks to @misslasvegas.
Save travels mate!

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But more importantly is exercising! Have you exercised lately?

Thanks for the support.

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Indeed! My job as an arborist and rope access supervisor is kind of an exercise. In addition, I practise Ju Jutsu, Judo and Yoga. And my life has been sporty, as I was involved in little acrobatics, juggling and Kung Fu.
Exercise is nice 👊

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well done brr..kudos to yu...i enjoyed this.looking forward to seeing yu here on listnerds

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Hi @mrprofessor I remember you from back in the day (when it was steem). In fact, I commented quite a lot when you were making a mega bike ride down the coast of Argentina if I am remembering right?

I was working for curie at the time and curated quite a few of ur awesome posts describing those adventures. This was a while back now though, at least 3 years.

Was I right about where you were cycling @mrprofessor ? Or is my memory leading me astray as it does so often these days.

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Yooo, I remember you (old follower). I did post a lot about my trip to Argentina, more precisely Patagonia, but it was a hitchhiking trip.

Ahhhhh! Maybe you are remembering a bicycle trip down the coast of Uruguay. My first Curie vote was in one of those posts indeed. (It's been a while, eh?)

By the way, it's nice that you remembered me of Curie. My first post to reach 100$ was a Curie and I consider it one of my most epic posts so far -- it's completing 4 years in two days, on May 9th. I'll have to remaster it as a celebration.

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Ahhhhh! Maybe you are remembering a bicycle trip down the coast of Uruguay. My first Curie vote was in one of those posts indeed.

That sounds very familiar, this was quite a long time ago, definitely, in my first year I was on steem I think.

My first post to reach 100$ was a Curie and I consider it one of my most epic posts so far -- it's completing 4 years in two days, on May 9th. I'll have to remaster it as a celebration.

Dude, I remember also having my first major curie vote (well before I was a curator) of around $90 on my first fantasy fiction short story I put up on steem and it is a special feeling when you realize that someone somewhere appreciates the effort you've put in.

If you can find that epic post you were talking about do share it with me in the comments here as I love a trip down memory lane.

By the way, @misslasvegas reminded me about you and I realized it is so crazy how we lose touch on hive/steem sometimes because I used to read your blog a lot about 3-4 years ago.

I'm rapidly approaching 5 years on this platform... crazy 😂

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I believe, for us that started on Steem, those huge Curie votes used to be so remarkable. I mean, it was such a shocking event that I remember waking up and staggering when I saw the vote. Life is easier today for newcomers \o\o\

I'll let you know tomorrow as soon as I post the celebration post.

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Lol learned this when i was 7. Been fixing everything about my bike myself ever since that was normal growing up in the Netherlands

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I gotta say: I've never seen so many bicycles as I saw in the Netherlands \o\

I would really love to participate in that race against the wind (don't remember the name)

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I can relate. I patched many a bike tire over the years. It was nice to see someone else doing it. I saw your post on ListNerds because a ListNerd member shared the link to your post link in an email. If you are not already a member of ListNerds, you may want to consider joining and get the same benefits as the person who shared your link. I would love to see more of your posts

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It's such an essential skill isn't it? I might upgrade to a more modern tubeless setup though, as the thorns on my ranch are becoming annoying.

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Very good tutorial. But did you consider using TANNUS ARMOUR https://tannus.com/armour/ . I'm with tannus for 2 years and never have a flat tire anymore. It adds 300 grams per wheel but is worth it.
!BEER

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Heeey! I've seen those protectors. Are you using tubes? I'm going to upgrade my rear tire soon and will go tubeless on both wheels -- if that doesn't hold the thorns on my ranch I'll consider a tannus.

Cheers for the beer!

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Yes before 3 years I was tubules, but it doesn't save me from sharp rocks and big tons. After Tannus Armor I only enjoy the ride even with 2 centimeters cut you can ride without a problem.

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Awesome! Totally worth the 300 grams then. I'll check the prices here in Brazil to see. If using lightweight tires those 300 grams are not even perceptible.

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Well, guess what I would do - absolutely nooooothing! nada! 😎

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