By Greg Conderacci
Recently, RBR launched this new series to enlighten our ultra-cool readers about the benefits of dorkiness. In Part I, we explored screening your helmet; in Part II, we messed with your handlebars; in Part III, we reflectorized your machine.
Today, we’re touching on the delicate subject of flats. Those of you with tubeless tires are probably asking, “What’s a flat?” That’s cool. But, just in case…
I’m suggesting that you have on your bike:
- A frame pump
- Two (2) spare tubes
- A patch kit
- Tire booting material.
If that sounds like “belts and suspenders” over-preparedness … it is. But sometimes the sealant doesn’t fill the hole. Sometimes you get another flat after you used up your CO2 cartridge. Sometimes the spare tube leaks (or you get another flat because you didn’t find that tiny piece of glass that make the first flat). Sometimes, you blow both tubes. Or a friend could use one.
Sometimes you get a serious hole and need booting material. You may believe that a dollar bill will boot a tire. In your case, it almost certainly will. For me, the best solution is that untearable paper they use on heavy-duty envelopes. If you have one, just cut off the flap with adhesive that’s covered by a piece of plastic. It’s usually good enough for three or four boots. Peel off the plastic and it’ll stick to the inside of the tire.
Do you have a dorky tip to share? Don’t be shy. We’ll withhold your name upon request. Remember a dorky tip has one or more of these characteristics:
- Pro riders do not do it (nor does just about anybody else)
- It’s cheap or maybe even free
- It usually adds weight
- It will NEVER be featured in fancy bike catalogs, because, well, there’s no money in it.
Greg Conderacci is a marketing consultant and a former Wall Street Journal reporter, non-profit entrepreneur, and investment bank chief marketing officer. In Getting UP!, he brings you the same skills he teaches at a top graduate school and Fortune 500 companies. Lots of people promise better performance … Greg proves it. Using his energy techniques, in 2015 he rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days — averaging 150 miles a day.