NoCo Tri Blog

Fixing flats when you are out on real hard training ride or anytime for that matter can be rather inconvenient. We don't train with a trail car fixing or tending to our every need. Remember Lance at Leadville? He didn't even know how to use a c02 cartridge.


How about wider rims, do you carry tubes with long valve extensions? You need too. What if you use valve extenders? First, always use plumbers tape around the threads on your tube before screwing on valve extenders. It makes for the best seal. If you cannot get the valve extender off the punctured tube, because your hands are freezing, wet, weak, etc use the silicon/rubber leg grippers on your shorts the get a better grip. Be sure not to squeeze to hard or you actually hold it in place. Or you can always carry the correct allen wrench to remove the valve extension. Better yet, I keep a valve extension on all my spares packed a zip lock baggy with flour inside to keep the butyl rubber from being sticky and then it is easier to seat in the rim and under the tire without getting a pinch flat. AND checkout Colorado AAA they do come to cyclist aid now...