Today’s QT comes to us from Premium Member Tom Cleveland, who writes:
I learned this from a pro-mechanic at the Killington Stage Race years ago. When you install a NEW tire, put some talc inside and rotate to coat the entire inside of the tire.
Also, with a NEW tube, put it in a 1-gallong zip-lock bag with some talc and shake to coat the tube.
When carrying tubes in your saddle bag, put in an old sock and then in a plastic bag. (Sock to protect the tube and good for wiping greasy hands; plastic bag to keep the talc dry if you are caught in the rain.)
Talc will let the tube slide inside the tire; it makes it easier to install and the tube won’t stick to the tire.
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