|Bought a new patch kit, cheaper then buying new tubes all the time.|
I have never had any flat problems on my Rocky Mountain, not even on my bike tour to Jasper. But I seem to be having lots of them now! As mentioned on previous posts, I had a problem with them starting in November. I had 3 in one week! First the front, then the back, then the front. Thinking that the cold weather had something to do with it, I gave up riding her for the Season. But after riding it for the first time this season yesterday, I had another one, on the front tire! And it wasn't even cold outsite.
I've been chucking the tubes, but it seems the holes are just pinhole sized (not pinches) so they can be patched. I brought one tire to a bike shop and they said it was still in good shape despite having 4711 kms on it. I told them I keep tubes inflated at 60 psi, so pinched tubes aren't the problem. Also, with pinched tubes there would be 2 holes, but I only can find one when I dip it in water.
Here are photos of the tire. The tubes themselves are new, so no problem there. I think that the tires are in good shape, do you agree? They are just the ones that came with the bike (kenda tires) and I've seen one with the same bike with really worn tires, and mine are nothing like that! I checked the inside of the tire and there was nothing indicating what poked a hole in the tube.
|Still in good shape with 4711 kms on it.|
|Doesn't seem thin and no wires....but nothing indicating what pierced the tube.|
I guess my Rocky Mountain doesn't handle Winter too well. I still get a tiny bit of frozen chain link problem even though it's 5C. But the chain, and cassette are new, and I had the same problem before they were changed last Summer ahead of the long bike tour.
I have to agree with Sarah from Edmonton that perhaps Mountain bikes are better suited for Northern Canadian Winters. She feels the same way and uses an older mountain bike during Winter rather then her Pashley. I guess it's not quite time to take out the Rocky Mountain as there is too much slush and crap on the roads right now. :( Knobby tires seem to handle the crap better then smoother commuter tires. I have heard that flat road bike tires even have more problems with flats. I haven't had one flat with my Winter beater mountain bike.