When you are riding, at some point or the other, you will experience a flat tire or two, it happens to everyone. Here are some tricks to prevent and reduce the chances of getting them.
Dust the inner tubes of your tires with baby powder (or talcum powder) before inserting them into the tires. This will reduce the friction between the tires and the tubes, which in turn will lower the chances of wear and tear caused by the tires and tubes sticking together.
Stop and Check
If you noticed any glass, nails, or any other sharp objects on the ground, and that you might have went over them on your bike, take the time to stop and check your tires for foreign objects. If you find anything planted in your tire, gently pull it out, this can prevent the foreign object from causing anymore damage to your tires, and prevent punctures before piercing the tire casing. Also, it is always good to check your tires every time you finish riding.
Getting a tubeless conversion kit or switching to Universal System Tubeless (UST) tires might be a more expensive option, but it is very effective in reducing the chances of flats. Since there are no tubes, you cannot get a pinch flat. Tubeless tires also require less air pressure to inflate, which allows for better shock absorption and better control.
If you are not ready to get rid of your tubes, you can try using a sealant. Some tubes require specific types of sealant so be sure to double check.
Rim Strips and Tire Liners
Rim strips are simple rubber strips or cloth tapes that fit inside the rim bed, they protect the tube from the holes and the ends of the spokes in the rim. Tire liners protect the tire by preventing outside objects from penetrating through. They both are simple and cheap ways to prevent flats.
Tire wipers might be a bit old school but they are still effective in preventing flats. They are attached to your bike’s brakes or fenders and is made of a rubber covered metal bar that gently scraps the tires as they rotate, this will wipe away any debris as you ride and prevent punctures.
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The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!