Monday, August 17, 2009

How to change a flat fast

It's been a little while since the lemming has made a quality post, he's been having too much fun reading the submissions of readers from the previous photo caption contest. That and nice weather and more miles in the saddle have put entertaining others on the back burner. But as an interesting sidenote, Feedburner reports that the lemming has almost 100 subscribed readers now. Seriously? That's more than I ever expected with my satirical look at the sport that I love and I have to thank everyone who actually reads the ramblings I put on to this blog, actual readers are more like 7 if I had to guess. Hopefully I've found everyone who has linked to me and put them in my Friends of the Lemming section, if I haven't just email me.

I was trying to keep up with the blogs of my readers the other day when I noticed Travels with my Mule had a link to a cycling site with rank potential. Not the smelly rank you might expect, like your gloves smell like when you don't wash them for weeks of riding, but ranking of sites that put themselves on there in some sort of popularity game.

Anyway, long story short, I went and added the lemming there so that people could rank it all they wanted, whether it be to say they love it or that it's the worst thing they've ever seen and they only read it once because highlights of this years MS150 didn't get aired on the local news like was promised and they needed to see something bike related.

Top 21 Cycling Sites


Click on the picture above and I can see if I rank up there with the cool kids (like the top secret site BikeSnobNYC always mentions) or if I'll keep getting stuffed in to my locker. While you're there you should vote for Travels with my Mule as well and check out Philip's site if you never have. Right now there are so few blogs there that the lemming is doing awesome, it's like winning your category at a local race when you are the only one signed up. It feels good until people ask, "1st place, out of how many?" and you have to sadly tell them "one". But I digress, now on to the fun stuff....

I opened my email the other day to some more awesome Active.com spam. Never being one to be able to look away from a train wreck, I excitedly looked through the email for things that might pique my interest.



I looked on with horror... First hint, if you are changing a flat don't flip your bike upside down or try to disassemble the pulley wheels even if you are trying to save a few watts. That's never a good idea, people sit on the side of the road for hours covered in chain grease with random strangers trying to help them get the back wheel back in when they flip the bike upside down. Great if you are looking to meet new people while standing there in spandex, and like being covered in chain grease, bad if you want to ride. But anyway, that's a whole other subject..

Luckily, to my relief I found that the video (shown below in it's entirety) does not recommend flipping the bike upside down to fix a flat fast in 5 minutes and 40 seconds, instead you merely "open the wings of the brake lever", slide the wheel out, and fix the flat with the flat-changing equipment you've gotten out of the seat bag you removed from under the seat.



Now that, you'll have to admit, was some good stuff. I personally can not wait for the informational chain lubing video. I wonder what kind of luber Gale is?

12 comments:

jeff said...

Everyone knows that it's never your front tire that goes flat! I would have really been impressed to see her change the rear tire without flipping the bike.

Steve A said...

Please send Gale over to show me how to get the tire to just drop through my V brake that doesn't have any "wings."

Richard said...

Uh... yeah... I always prop my bike up with sticks so I can remove the rear wheel without flipping my bike over. (rolling eyes) I have a better idea for Gale, just go tubeless and avoid flats altogether.

BikeLemming said...

So does no one stand beside their bike on the left side, take note of which gear it is in, pop the quick release on the rear wheel, drop it out and then just lay the bike on the ground minus the rear wheel? Reverse is the opposite.

I've stopped to help so many people who couldn't get the wheel back in when flipped upside down. I show them that way and it's like I performed a miracle the way they look at me, maybe I've just gotten lucky.

Steve A said...

I always shift into high gear before I take the back wheel off. It makes the wheel easier to drop out and put back, and also avoids having to take note of which gear it's in.

Gale still needs to come by to show me about my "wingless" brakes.

BikeLemming said...

Steve, you undoubtedly just need to pull the cable knobs to release your new fangled wingless brake levers.

Richard said...

... disc brakes. ;)

Rantwick said...

Crap! I don't carry "tire irons"!

BikeLemming said...

Now you've broken the bank Richard, how will Gale explain that your disc brake pads will be impossible to remove while you're trying to change them, yet they'll eject themselves every single time that you're trying to put your wheel back on in waning daylight? :)

mrbill said...

If I have a flat I call my wife on the cell phone and she comes and fixes it for me.

Philip said...

Thank you for the mention !!!!
I was sent the link to top 21 cycling sites by the organisation that runs it. I believe they wanted to evolve a new cycling blog list for the same reasons I do to.
I do get a bit miffed about cycle blog snobbery. Every list I have found seemds to contains the usual sites that have been established for a long time. They are pervieved to be hip and trendy to follow. Some actually are and have a strong and consistant quality about them. However others seem to rely on past reputation and their recent content is often stale and dissapointing.
I have my own favotites very few of which appear on the trendy lists but provide interesting and fresh views. For this reason I applaud any attempts to break the mould. I am proud to feature in any list that contains bike lemming even though he knocked me off my lofty perch of First out of three!!!!!!

BikeLemming said...

Rantwick, did I really miss "tire irons"?

mr bill, perfect, I had a girlfriend who did that.

Philip, you give the lemming too much credit... :)