Re: Organized local group bike rides
Posted by iGreg on 2016/7/19 11:41:33
You are right about the options being extremely limited. I ride up over the GWB and down the west side path a couple of times a week on the way to work (did it this morning, in fact) and ride up that way on Saturdays to get up into Palisades park,
How do you deal with flats while on a long ride like that?
Gatorskin hard-shells ?
or just carry extra tubes and co2 inflaters and a small tool kit?
The river road stretch is crap loaded with all sorts of road wash like glass and crap that cause flats.
Once you have done it a couple of times, changing a tire is super easy and can be accomplished in under 5 minutes: you flip the quick release, tap out the wheel, put in the first tire lever in, use the second to get the tire all the way out, pull the tube, fix tube (or, use a new one) and then do the reverse. If you have CO2 cartridges, you will be done even sooner, but lots of people ride with small pumps. Either way, you get used to it. Definitely lots of debris on the roads around here. I used to get flats ALL THE TIME in BK (usually when riding the BK bridge to MetroTech, where a client of mine is located) but I had a two year stretch without any flats.
There are a bunch of YouTube videos on the subject that show you how to do it. In the end, the key thing is to have the right tools, which usually fit into a tiny little pouch that you can easily put in the back pocket of your jersey, or at least that's what I do.
Sure with quick release hubs it's not an issue, just thin road bike tires and me are prone to flats and I'm thinking riding on the stretch of River Road in Weehawken up to cut in for 9w near Ft Lee is shit.
I've tried GatorSkin Hardshells and still gotten flat tires and have since moved to hybrid bikes w/ a Gates belt drive and Schwabble marathon tires - it's not the long haul type setup by far but for aggressive city riding - perfect.
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