How to avoid flat tires by Cycling Frelsi
There's a lot of cycling tools and accessories that emerged in the market today. But preventing you from getting a flat tire while you're enjoying your weekend ride is still an unanswered question.
But worry no more because there are a couple of things that you can do at home that can reduce the likelihood of you dealing with a flat tire.
Here's Cycling Frelsi's advice so you won't have to deal with tube punctures or patch kits again.
Check if the pressure on each tire is correct.
Before you hit the road, you need to check if you are riding with the proper tire pressure. Every tire has its preferred pressure range measured in psi (pounds per square inch). You can easily see the recommended tire pressure at the tire sidewall.
Here's the standard tire pressure:
Urban and casual bike: 60 and 80 psi.
Mountain bike: 30 to 50 psi.
Road bike: 100 to 140 psi.
You can check the air pressure inside your tire by using a tire pump or gauge. Two things might happen when you don't pay attention to the air pressure of your tire: over-inflation and under-inflation.
Over-inflation occurs when there's too much pressure on your tire. Under-inflation occurs when your tire compresses the rim causing two small holes called snake bite.
Do preventive maintenance.
Riding cross country or going off-road sometimes leave some debris on your tire. That's why it's essential to check your tires for fragments of sharp objects like rocks, thorns from weeds, goat-heads, dead cactus, spikes, wood, and other stuff that got stuck on your tire. Though, it may take time before it can eventually puncture your tire. It's still important to pay attention to this kind of stuff before it can cause any future problem. It is also essential to have professionals check the integrity of your tires. They have the right tools to evaluate your tire.
Use a tube sealant
If your bicycle keeps leaking out every two weeks, you need to try a tube sealant. It's perfect for holding air in your tire. It's one of the handiest because it can aid in repairing an existing flat tire or use it as a coat to prevent future flats. It can be a little messy, but it works.
Safeguard your tube with tire liners
If you don't like using a messy sealant, you can go for tire liners. It's a thin strip of extruded plastic placed between the tire and the tube. Tire liners protect your tire and reduce the chance of puncturing your tire when going off-road.
The only downside to tire liners is it adds more weight, which could affect your performance. But if you're not competing and you're continually dealing with road debris, it's all worth it.
Do you have other tools that you use to prevent flat tires? Or any techniques and strategies that our readers can apply? Share it in the comment below.