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    Default 1st Flat Tire,:-( , happened fast riding the shoulder on Seldon

    Had my first flat tire on the 29er. Was riding down Seldon toward Bogard, 24.5 mile into the ride, & started bouncing, a weird feeling.
    Pulled over, rear tire going flat.
    Moved off the road side to an atv trail, tried to pump it back up, no go.
    Called "road service" (wife) & had her come pick me up.

    I had a new tube & patch kit, but it was threatening rain, windy,
    just easier to fix it at home in the garage.

    Found a 1/4" slit dead center of the tread thru the tire & tube.
    Amazed how thin the bike tires are.
    Will try to patch it, good learning experience. May need to do it out in the field someday,
    Better to learn in the garage (out of the mosquitoes, wind/weather) for the first time.
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    BIL says to put a liner in, between the tube & tire to help prevent punctures.
    I have a slime tube (as a spare under the bike seat) but the hole looks too big for slime to work.
    Will try a patch on the tube. Maybe get liners.

    Do I need to put a patch on the tire too?
    Anyone recommend a good liner for road & trial riding? (29er )

    Might try some new tougher tires . Looking at Marathon Almotion HS 453 by Schwable.
    Has puncture protection built into the tire.
    More a touring tire , beter for roads & just OK on trails.

    Thinking I need to get a regular tube, not the slime tube I have now, & a patch kit.

    Any suggestions to reduces the chance of a flat tire are welcome.
    Learning here.

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    Yes, I would suggest a patch of some form on the tire itself. Otherwise, you are likely to get water/sand/debris inside the tire that will chafe on the tube and lead to future flats. Typically, this is referred to as a "boot". Find some thin, flexible material and cut a piece that will cover the area around the hole. Another piece of rubber something like that should work. Duct tape on the inside of the tire can work well also since it will stick well and stay in place.

    A slit like that won't be fixed by sealant or slime in the tube. I don't do a lot of patching of tubes since they are typically pretty cheap and I figure the value of my time to patch the tire is more expensive than just picking up a few spare tubes to have on the work bench if/when I need them. For field fixes, I don't bother with a patch kit, I just bring a spare tube with me and pop that in when I need it. Patches work best with a little cure time and you likely don't want to sit on the side of the road waiting for it.

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    Got home with bike in the back of the PU
    Next day, patched the tire & tube

    Got new tougher tires on order.
    Got a non slime tube as a spare on the bike now.

    May try Mrtuffy liners if get another flat.
    http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Tuffy-Ultra...iners%2C+29%22

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    Cut was about 1/4"
    Went flat very fast. Couldn't to fine the leak with the hand pump.
    At home , with the air compressor , found it easy.
    Put a patch to help keep dirt/gravel out
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    15 miles last night.
    SM, Bog, Trunk, Blue Lup - loop

    Tire & tube patch holding air fine.

    Got a adjustable stem to raise the handle bar some more,
    got it real close .
    Tweaking the brake & shifters a bit at a time.

    Have Shimano may change to Sram shifter
    Hard to get finger & thumb position on the Shimano set just right, without having to re-position hand
    & sometimes miss-shift the wrong direction.

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