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You will probably also need to strap your floor jack on the back because you don't have center stand.
Saying you need to carry a spare tire sounds rather smart assy to me.
Your intent was obviously to try and prove someone wrong from a post on another thread.
Getting a flat bothers me more than anything else as it's not something you can avoid by being conscientious. I don't worry about engine transmission or frame because I take care of those with regular planned maintenance, and thus feel I have done all that could be done to prevent problems on the road.
The flat is an issue, even though I change tires and tubes before trips if wear is apparent.
I do carry a couple of fix-a-flat bottles but I am rather dubious about their efficacy. I hope to inflate the tire enough to get to some kind of civilization. I do use preventative goop called ride on as a hopeful magic elixir. Anything rather than wield a tire iron. I do carry Triple A RV coverage. I do keep my fingers crossed.
My project for the winter is to get the spoked wheels made tubeless if I can. The only reason is to make flats less of a hassle.
PS at home I have a trailer and have parked the bike, taken the bus home and hauled the bike to the shop for repair. Hate tire irons.
I must be paranoid about getting a flat or breaking down. Despite being an AA member, I feel uncomfortable and insecure about going anywhere without the following items packed in a stuffa bag lashed to the rack.
1/ Electric air compressor.
2/ 9 inch 2 way cycle pump (should the above fail). Useful for adding a lb or two when checking pressures.
3/ Pressure gauge.
4 / Puncture repair kit with a few extra large patches & some talcum powder.
5/ 2 x 10inch tyre irons.
6/ Sockets and wrenches suitable for wheel removal.
7/ Small bottle of soapy water - to find leaks and aid tyre removal/fitting.
8/ Hand cleaner...also useful for tyre fitting.
I also use "Ride On" puncture preventative and carry a mobile phone to call the AA if necessary.
Next job - Seal the spokes when new tyres are due.
Boy Scout's motto - "BE PREPARED"
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