|Re: Thousands laugh as newbie replaces inner tube....
Group: rec.bicycles.tech · Group Profile
Date: Jul 20, 2008 03:00
"Twitchell" newsguy.com> wrote in message
> There has to be a secret for something so simple.
> What would normally take you folks less than 10 minutes took me more than
> Apparently I have a slow leak in my front innertube. I was able to pull
> it out
> ok using the 'regular' methods of tube removal. Just to check for the
> location, I filled the tube with air but couldn't find nor hear a leak
> Go figure.
> I put a new tube in, using the 'regular' methods but when I filled the
> tire with
> air, I could hear air leak direct from the stem and when I'd move the stem
> around, I could hear air leak where the stem pushes thru the hole in the
Run your hand around the inside of the tire. If there's a nail or a large
piece of glass you'll feel it. Although some people warn that you can cut
yourself in 25 years I haven't. Also look very closely at the tire for a
thorn or piece of glass, staple or some such.
Often if you fill the innertube with air and put it in a bucket of water
you'll find the leak. Then laying the innertube on the wheel so that the
filler is in the correct spot you can then search that area of the tire for
foreign objects. Remember that you may have the innertube upside down.
Never put a new innertube on unless you've discovered the cause of the