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Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
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How to prevent flat tires or punctures while on a bicycle tour or at home with correct tire inflation

tire rotation


The culprit of my flat tire, I had two on the way out of Canberra.

Getting a flat tire or puncture is just a fact of cycling life.  There are some things bicyclist have learned about reducing flat tires and the number of time they have to change a tube on a ride.  On a bicycle tour a puncture is the worst because many of the panniers (bicycle bags) have to removed and all the neccassary tools have to be found.  When we change a tube while bike touring we must look like we are having a yard sale on the side of the road because all our camping gear is spread out around our bicycles. 

Tire wear will cause flats - when Tires wear they are more prone to going flat.

I believe that the biggest reduction in flats can be achieved by good buying quality Tires and properly inflating them.  It is easy to understand the necassaty of high quality touring tires because, with so many things in the bicycle touring store, you get what you pay for.  Always having the correct inflation is easily understood but regularrly overlooked.  Keeping our bicycle touring tire up to pressure requires weekly pumping and a high pressure road bike tire every couple days.  I have found that having a nice pump helps with the motivation to pump.  If I lived in a stationarry house I would have a very high quality floor pump with a pressure guage.  On tour we are picky about our pump and have only liked one kind.  If you are doing day rides or a short tour co2 cartridges and an applicator may be a better option than a mini pump.  I have never been able to get a mini pump to much pressure or not break quickly.

Quality tires
tire ware and rotation
Floor Pump
frame pump
Tire Pressure Guage
CO cartradges
slime
thorn resistant tubes

700c mostly road - thin, durable, fast

700c mixed road and dirt - wide, rugged, and longer lasting

700c folding emergency tire - small for carrying but a life/trip saver when needed

26 inch mostly road - thin, durable, fast

26 inch mixed road and dirt - wide, rugged, and longer lasting

26 inch folding emergency tire - small for carrying but a life/trip saver when needed

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29er

20inch

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Cindie inspecting her tire for more thorns.

Floor Pump

Anyone who owns and regularrly rides could benifit from owning a floorpump with a guage.  They are designed be held on the ground with your foot and stood over for maximum leaverage   A big easy to read guage is a must because propper inflation is key.  A good floor pump has a dual or reverable pump head.  Dual pump head has two nozzles for the two types of valves.

 

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Topeak Joe Blow Pro Floor Pump ? ?04

Tough and elegant with a beautifully polished aluminum barrel and sturdy aluminum base create a premium pump that gets the job done fast.

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frame pump

On tour we like a frame pump with foot peg and guage.  It is a little bit bigger than most pumps but you can get similar leverage as a floorpump and can achieve enough pressure for touring and even road tires although 115 psi is a lot of work 70 psi in our touring tires is managable but I would vever say it is enjoyable.

 

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Topeak Road Morph Pump with Gauge

This frame pump for road bikes morphs into a floor pump that makes filling up those high-pressure skinny tires a breeze while on the road. Folding foot support easily converts frame pump into a floor pump. SwivelGrip provides a comfortable hand position while inflating. Inline pump gauge reads pressure; inflates to 120 psi effortlessly. Quickly converts between Presta and Schrader valves.

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Tire Pressure Guage

 

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Topeak Smart Gauge - Tire Pressure Gauge

The precise digital pressure measurement tool includes an LCD display screen, and a SmartHead valve adapter that works with both Presta and Schraeder valves. Compact enough to carry with you when you ride. Wt: 60g.

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AccuGage? Tire Pressure Dial Gauge

Measures up to 160 psi. Specify to fit Presta or Schraeder valves.

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Topeak Mtn. Morph w/gauge Mini-Pump

"Bicycling Magazine Editor's Choice Award May, 2002 Light-weight but powerful, the Mtn. Morph features a T-Handle, fold-down foot pad and flexible hose that turns this frame pump into a trail-side floor pump. If you're looking for the smoothest action frame pump in the dirt the Mountain Morph will be your choice. Folding foot support and flexible hose easily converts frame pump into a trail-side floor pump, aluminum barrel for long pump life inflates to 120 psi with ease (gauge reads to 110 psi), padded T-handle provides a comfortable hand position while inflating. Quickly converts between Presta & Schrader valves, equipped with adjustable quick release clamp for multi-position frame mounting. Includes in-line pressure gauge. Length: 12.7. Wt: 228g. Efficiency: 158/85."""

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Topeak Road Morph? Mini Pump

Floor pump action on the road, including a gauge! The fold-down foot rest gives you floor pump leverage, and the hose means you lower the risk of ripping the valve stem as you pump. Fold-down foot rest, padded T-handle, aluminum barrel, reversible head. Length: 14.6?. Wt: 270g. Max. psi: 160.

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Slime Self Healing MTB Tube - Schraeder

"Instantly seals punctures up to 1/8 as you ride! Works repeatedly, lasts up to 2 years. 26 x 1.75-2.125. Schraeder. Wt: 310g. USA."""

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Slime Self Healing MTB Tube - Presta

"Instantly seals punctures up to 1/8 as you ride! Works repeatedly, lasts up to 2 years. 26 x 1.75-2.125 Presta. Wt: 310g. USA."""

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Slime Self Healing Road Tube - Presta

"Instantly seals punctures up to 1/8 as you ride! Works repeatedly, lasts up to 2 years. 700 x 19-25. Presta. Wt: 180g. USA."""

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Slime Tube Sealant- 8 oz.

Don't let flats slow you down! Fill your tube with Slime, and any puncture up to 1/8? will be instantly sealed. Prevents and repairs flats and leaks, long-lasting and easy to install. 8 oz.

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fixing flats and tools / levers / tube (new page)

Rear tire wears faster Tire rotation

Spare tires.

 

Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship Here)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours
Bicycle Touring Saddles
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts
Helmet
Bike Shoes

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle Touring Lighting Systems
Solar Power for Camp

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Pedals
Handelbars/Grips
Headsets
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag

Lights

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What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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