Carry a tube! Moose and Rocky
Mountain, to name two, offer a
tube bag that mounts to your
front fender. Stick a cheapie
21-incher in there. It will work
just fine for a rear flat too. Carry CO2s! Genuine Innovations makes the best CO2 kits. ❏
DEALING WITH FLATS
lever it up to get the rear wheel off the
ground, but you will need a buddy to
help. Worst-case scenario, throw it on
the ground and place anything large
(e.g., a rock or tree limb) under the
swingarm to get it off the ground, then
remove the rear wheel.
– Take your time stuffing the new
tube. Add a little air to make sure that
it’s not under a rim lock, then carefully
lever the remaining bead into place.
– Refit the wheel. If the machine is
on the ground, this isn’t fun, but know
that your ride was not a total waste
and that the trail is a mere moment
Don’t lose your wheel parts. Stick the
axle in the muffler and all bolts and nuts
in your butt bag.
Stand up and get your lazy butt out of the saddle. Dead weight helps bury your tires
into obstacles that can either pinch flat them or cut the sidewalls. Standing up gives
you additional compliance and is easier on the wheels.