I have been vacationing in Long Beach Island, a very quiet 18 mile long island off the New Jersey Coast (about 30 miles north of Atlantic City). My parents have a vacation home smack in the middle of the island. So choosing your route is very simple, 18 mile loop north or 18 mile loop south. Well I travelled here from Chicago with my “rain bike” , a Bianchi Impulso I purchased last year. I love the bike, but knew the stock tires were not very flat resistant. I figured I would wait until I wore them out and replace them with decent tires…. Well I learned a very important lesson I want to share with all my readers. When it comes to bicycle safety WAITING is NEVER a good idea.
I know that’s there is no way to ever avoid the occasional flat tire. However I managed to put together my worst streak ever. I actually got 4 flats in the last 4 days!! To be honest I never felt truly safe on the stock tires I should have spent the money and put decent tires on them initially. I use Continental Gatorskins on my other bike (Bianchi Infinito) and LOVE them. Like I said, you are always going to get flats, but the tire I had on was not sufficient for all the little pebbles and debris on the shoulder of the roads I was on. A flat is not only an inconvenience but also a safety hazard. Make sure your tires are in good condition and always properly inflated. The one bonus I had was, my changing tire skill has increased!!!
Here is a great link to changing tires. I always encourage new riders to practice their changing tire skills at home, so when you need to you will feel confident and not lose too much time. Many people say if possible it is best to not use tire levers at all. This is difficult for many, but a worthy skill to learn.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
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