Today’s comes to us from Michael Hormel, about his method to prevent flats – and the results are astonishing. Here’s what he wrote:
I’ve only had one flat in the 10-15 years since I went from sew-ups to clinchers. The one was early this summer when I hit a rough spot were a culvert had been replaced and I bounced over it and got a pinch flat.
I take my time when installing tires and tubes:
- I powder my tubes and the inside of the tire.
- I make sure the tube is well-seated inside the tire and rim by pinching the tire together and wiggling it as I work around the wheel.
- I inflate to a low pressure and apply weight to the wheel by holding the skewer and rolling the tire across the floor to seat the tube.
- I let most of the air out, then reinflate.
All of this takes a little extra time but saves me a lot of time on the road.
I got this method from my father, who was a WWII Marine air core mechanic. He said they were having problems where every time a plane would land, it would blow a tire. He got the idea to inflate, deflate, reinflate to make sure the tube was seated properly. No more blow-outs after that.