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Old 11-29-20, 11:46 PM
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Fix or walk?

If you had a puncture, how far from home would you decide to fix the puncture or just walk?
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Old 11-29-20, 11:54 PM
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A block.
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Old 11-29-20, 11:54 PM
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A few blocks. I'd have to fix it either way. It's not that much easier at home.

I'd also consider pumping it and seeing how far I could get.
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Old 11-30-20, 12:02 AM
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If I could see my house, i would probably walk the bike to the garage. Otherwise, i would repair it roadside. Doesn't take long to replace a tube, but walking a bike is slow, especially up and down the hills in my town.
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Old 11-30-20, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
If you had a puncture, how far from home would you decide to fix the puncture or just walk?
I flatted maybe 1 mile from home. Next time Iíll bite the bullet and repair it. A mile in cleats is a pain in the arse, especially given that I couldíve fixed the flat and ridden home in less time. Anything more than a few hundred yards, Iíll fix roadside
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Old 11-30-20, 01:40 AM
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I'd try the pump it up and ride a bit method as far as about 10 km out.
I might walk from about 5 km out.
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I don't carry a puncture repair kit, so I walk.

One time I was a long way from home, and had a puncture in the front. I took the tire and tube off the rim, and put them over the handlebars, still going through the forks. I rode home on the rim. Riding on the rim is noisy, and gets too much attention, but it is better than walking well into the night. At home I switched the rim. This was a bike rescued from the trash, and I had spare rims also rescued from the trash.
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Old 11-30-20, 05:26 AM
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I’ve flatted while heading out and while almost home within 1.5 miles. Both cases I walked home to repair the tube.
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Old 11-30-20, 06:25 AM
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Typically, if Iím where I am, on a bike, itís because itís farther than Iíd care to walk in the first place.

I usually keep a new tube in the saddle bag on each of my Ďmainí bikes, and carry a pump if Iím planning on riding more than a couple of miles.
I can swap a tube in about 10 minutes. I can run a mile in a little less, but not if Iím wearing bike shoes, pushing a bike with a flat tire.
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Old 11-30-20, 06:30 AM
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Time for a new bike
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Old 11-30-20, 06:37 AM
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If it's only flat on the bottom I will ride it home.
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I'm not walking. It needs repaired, no time like the present.
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Old 11-30-20, 06:44 AM
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Finishing a 100 mile ride. I hit some glass in the street one mile from home. I walked.
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Change the tube and fix it at home. I always have 2 spares and a flat kit.
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I've walked ~4 miles after a blowout to get to work or someplace I could get picked up.

I've also walked a mile when something broke on the bike (crank or frame).

Just a flat, my limit is about half a mile of walking. It's easier to fix a flat in a heated (or air conditioned) space, but it's also easier to ride than to walk.
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Old 11-30-20, 07:43 AM
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I strap a replacement wheelset/tires to my back and just swap as needed. Takes at most ten seconds and I'm on my way. NASCAR has nothing on me!
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Old 11-30-20, 07:51 AM
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Yeah, I'd have to be less than a quarter mile from my house to defer fixing. Carrying extra tubes shortens the fix time significantly so we're talking 5-10 minutes or so. Since most of my flats are slow leaks, I may decide to just stop and pump every few miles.

My commuting bike had a 5 speed IGH in the rear, which was a bit more difficult to repair. I might walk a bit further in that case, although I got rather adept at patching a leak without removing the wheel.
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Old 11-30-20, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
I strap a replacement wheelset/tires to my back and just swap as needed. Takes at most ten seconds and I'm on my way. NASCAR has nothing on me!
But what if you break a chain or your frame cracks? That's why I strap an entire bike to my back.
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Old 11-30-20, 08:21 AM
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But what if you break a chain or your frame cracks? That's why I strap an entire bike to my back.
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3 miles, bikes are light, much rather replace tube and possibly tire in my shop, especially this time of year. But then again I’m just wearing normal flat bottom shoes, nothing biking specific, so pretty easy to walk in. I like walking, not as much fun as riding, but I enjoy it.
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Originally Posted by alo View Post
I don't carry a puncture repair kit, so I walk.

One time I was a long way from home, and had a puncture in the front. I took the tire and tube off the rim, and put them over the handlebars, still going through the forks. I rode home on the rim. Riding on the rim is noisy, and gets too much attention, but it is better than walking well into the night. At home I switched the rim. This was a bike rescued from the trash, and I had spare rims also rescued from the trash.
r.e. -bolded

I came out of the food store to find a rear flat on my 26 x 1 3/6 grocery grabber bike. NOTHING to repair and I did not want to walk the 5 miles home so called wife. It would be 10 minutes before she came so I called her back and told her to FORGET ABOUT IT. Groceries went in handlebar basket, I got the valve stem out of the hole and laid it flat then I mounted the bike and stood on pedals with weight on the bars and rode the 5 miles home with the tire on the rim providing grip between rim and road. Riding on the rim is asking for a slip & slide event to happen followed by a fall. On the front wheel it is even more troublesome when turning.
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Old 11-30-20, 09:39 AM
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I always fix then and there. That way I won't have to do it when I get home. It's quick and easy to fix most flats. I can't see the point of returning home to do it, as I'd be using the same tools and spares/repair kit anyway.
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But what if you break a chain or your frame cracks? That's why I strap an entire bike to my back.
Ever since I broke a chain and had to walk/coast home, I've carried a mini chain tool and spare links (or quick links, depending on the bike). Frame cracks are rare in steel bikes so I would just ride on home enjoying the resiliency of steel.
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On one 26 inch mountain bike, I put a smoother road tire inside a larger off road tire. It was so thick it very rarely had punctures. This probably saved me walking home a number of times. It had less give, and resulted in a rougher ride. It actually had so little give, I could ride it without air in it. Without air, it was like a normal tire with low air pressure.
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Originally Posted by alo View Post
On one 26 inch mountain bike, I put a smoother road tire inside a larger off road tire. It was so thick it very rarely had punctures. This probably saved me walking home a number of times. It had less give, and resulted in a rougher ride. It actually had so little give, I could ride it without air in it. Without air, it was like a normal tire with low air pressure.
Surely you're having us on?
If not, what on earth possessed you to do that, rather than a tyre liner (anti-puncture liner)?
What about the edges of the road tyre and it chafing a hole in the tube? Or the sidewalls of the larger tyre? That is not even a bodge, it's far beyond that.
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