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Old 9 Oct 2012
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Get thick heavy duty tubes. Forget that "heat up" bullsh*t. They resist damage better and they're also easier to repair and work with.

Forget slime. It won't stop anything but the TINIEST puncture in a tube and it makes a friggin mess everywhere and makes patches impossible to patch.

I find heavy duty tubes EASIER to change. You can be a *little* rougher with them.

It's all technique. It's not an easy job. Practice practice practice. There are lots of videos on youtube

The best advice I can give you is to get A LOT of HIGH QUALITY patches and at least three tubes of glue (they split and dry up- Don't get stranded). Get some good levers too. A valve key is essential too.

I think these are BRILLIANT. I haven't nicked a tube since I started using them.

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I once had 15 punctures in one day whilst in Tanzania. I had a high quality heavy duty tube which was wrecked in a big blow out (nothing to do with the tube). After that I was stuck with cheap tubes and more punctures than I care to remember.

If you haven't got a center stand on your bike... GET ONE NOW !!

Also, a quality 12v pump will make life easy. I have a 'cyclepump"

http://www.zenoverland.com/tools/cyc...adventure.html

Those crappy £5 pumps are asthmatic and are a bit of a lottery.

Fingers crossed you won't get a single puncture..... You can go months without one and then like me, get 15 in a day.
hi famous touring Ted ,thanks a lot for your usefully information ,
well i had 34 puncture in my trip from Cape town to Cairo
used Slime , heavy duty inners ,and i hit a rock damaged totally my front tire ,
thought in the past 2 years something new came to the market
i do have a cycle pump too the one you used with hand and it works well
i do have acenter stand ,i didn't have one in my last trip cross Africa and it was so hard to find the right rock to put it under all by my self in middle of no where most of the time
but thats how i learn
thanks again Ted
cheers and greetings from Egypt
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Omar - 32 punctures - fantastic!

Stories of hardship and coming through is part of making this pass time of ours so exiting - knowing that things can go seriously pear shaped and that perseverance will not only get you through, but help make the adventure...

I bet this was one of the more memorable parts of your trip, for good and for bad. While you hope for better luck next time, it was part of making the adventure and sense of acheivement so great, I am sure.

I bet you are a devil at changing tires now. What's your best time? I mean, with changes this frequent, you could potentially have been able to shave off a a minute or two every time. With tire changes this fast, burning rubber gets a whole new meaning - swish, swoosh, done!

And, now you will probably invest in the best repair kit on earth, center stand, etc... and probably never have a flat again.

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I certainly dont mind a robust difference of opinion - but I´d prefer it if you didnt scream "bullshit", even if this is something you know well.

¡"15 punctures a day" is an interesting outcome to your ideas on this topic! GIGO?

You could pick up some useful info from Wheelie´s very good post. And I´d say that the levers you use are far too long, encouraging tyre damage; they´re a bit of a gimmick. The handle is unnecessary and would be better with a normal profile.
Hey buddy... It was no offence to you. I hadn't even seen your post let alone your comment about the tubes heating up.. Saawwwy

Levers are a very personal thing. I probably own every type imaginable. I've used them all A LOT. Spoons are no gimmick. They've been around from the beginning. I find them lovely to put the tyre back on. I actually use a combination of one smaller motion-pro lever to get them off too. Having a lever with good grippy handle helps a lot too. Especially if it's cold and your hands are sweaty or it's raining. Frozen *heat transfer* fingers and skinned knuckles anyone ??

As for tyre damage. I believe they cause less. The smooth 'spoon' rolls the bead nicely over the top and spreads the load. In my experience, it's the smaller 'pointy' levers that tear rubber off the bead.

But hey.. Horses for courses.

15 punctures a day in Tanzania. They weren't mine. They were my riding buddies that I fixed for him. Along with countless others. Standard BMW tubes on his F650gs. I only got one flat that day on my HD's. We were riding thorn bush hedged roads. It's almost impossible not to get a flat on them.

I think I fixed near to 100 punctures on mine and mostly other peoples bike while in Africa. The tubes and patches are always cheap crap from Asia. They puncture like water balloons and the patches and glue are also bicycle stuff. They're not heavy duty enough.

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