|Re: Thousands laugh as newbie replaces inner tube..<-----solved
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Author: Twitchell Date: Jul 20, 2008 03:42
In article earthlink.com>, Tom Kunich says...
>"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
I wish I'd read your advise earlier. That way, I could have avoided having to
repair not one but three inner tubes. Live and learn.
Anyway, the culprit was a thorn so small, it could pass for a micro wire and
barely sticking thru the tire but enough to puncture the tube (bubbles while
submerged in water). My tube repair kit is 20 years old (yep, you heard me
right) and the glue is no longer usable.
I guess tomorrow will be tube repair day once I buy a new repair kit. Unless
someone knows of some household type glue to use with the patches that came with
the repair kit.