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post #1 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Fixed my 1st flat in the field!

After the last time I had a flat (big spike though the tire), I decided to learn how to do the repair myself and keep all the tools on hand that I need to do it.

The opportunity to test my skills arose this afternoon about 10 miles from home near a rest stop

I limped into the rest stop after determining that my tube would hold NO air (zilch, nada, zero). Parked next to a picnic table beneath a roof, I completed the repair in about an hour (I know, slowwwww). But, I had to stop and visit with many good Samaritans that stopped to inquire. Apparently, to the untrained eye, a bike propped on the side stand and a 2x4 with the rear wheel removed looks like a major undertaking.

After thoughts:
  • The Slime mini-compressor worked great, although slowly; a reasonable compromise for the small size.
  • I've decided to look into a plastic compartmentalized container, like a Plano, to hold extra small parts.
  • Also searching for a better wrap for the wrenches.
  • I need to add another brace to prop the front end in case I get a flat on that end.
  • Gotta love YouTube tutorials!

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post #2 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 01:39 AM
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Congrats! Thankfully, I have not had to try my hand at that.




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post #3 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 04:57 AM
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TWR,

Looks like you have this issue handled very well. May I ask what tire have and what tools you used. The reason i ask is recently I replaced the Distanzia's on my 2005 KLR. Those tires are very thick and stiff and would have been a PITA if I was not using a tire machine to e and a lot of WD40. Not looking forward to a tire repair on the road.

Something like a Quick Jack will securely raise the front or rear wheel. I am sure there are other jacks that will do the same as the QJ.

I am looking for something to hold the Slime Pump and a spare tube. Considering using a Wolfman Enduro Tool Pack mounted where the emission hardware was.

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I've found one of these works for tire tool & tube storage pretty well.



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post #5 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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I have a D606 on the rear, no rim locks.

The front is a Dunlop Enduro. I think this might me the older D606 front.

One more question: has anyone ever heard of a tire liner to help resist punctures? Something between the tire and tube (kevlar?) seems like it would be useful. I have seen this for bicycle tires.

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post #6 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 07:55 AM
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Congratulations! I'm sure it gave you a great sense of satisfaction to get on that thing and ride off with your repaired tire.



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That's Awesome! I mean being able to fix it out there!

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Congratulations! I'm sure it gave you a great sense of satisfaction to get on that thing and ride off with your repaired tire.
Absolutely! My wife was consoling me because my ride was cut short. I told her that the experience gained far outweighs the shorter ride. Being self-sufficient is it's own reward!
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This post just just reminded me I need to get my flat repair kit kicked up a notch. I need to get one of those compressors and I don't think the tire irons I have which also act as wrenches can remove the rear, and I know I don't have anything to remove the front axle.

Damn, now I just jinxed myself.

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post #10 of 25 Old 07-03-2011, 08:15 AM
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What caused your flat this time? Did you repair the tube/tire with a kit? If so, what did you use?




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