Monday, July 21, 2008

One of these days I would like to ride into my local dealership and shop, drop off the Lady, and have a new tire mounted.
However, I suppose that a new rider (me) should at least learn how to change both front and rear tires on his bike. And, the best place to do that is in the comfort of one's own garage and not at the side of the road.

Sunday I had planned to ride at a father/daughter ride to the Zanesville area for lunch but Lady greeted me with a flat rear tire in the morning. So instead of rolling along, she was in the air on the jack.

The removal of 8 nuts, a cotter pin, and an axle bolt freed the wheel. The last time I had a puncture, a drywall screw was embedded in the front tire. The culprit this time: a pop rivet shank.

The good news about this entire saga is that the tire has nearly 12,000 miles on it. I had planned on replacing it in a couple of weeks anyway. The tire wear indicators were nearly flush and another week's worth of commuting, about 500 miles, was all the life the tread probably had left. This just force my hand a little sooner.

Depending on whether the shop has a replacement tire in stock it'll probably be Wednesday before Lady is on the road again. That will give me a couple of days to break in the new tread before a rain check ride for my daughter this weekend.


Conchscooter said...

Guess what? I always get a flat when I know I've over worn my tires! And I never change my own, I hated doing it on bicycles and I loathe it beyond belief on motorcycles. Good for you for mastering it.

Doug C said...

Taking the wheel off is one thing. Putting it back on is chapter 2.

Turns out the tube is kinda special and it won't be in house until Wednesday. So its back to cagin' it for a couple of days.

Earl Thomas said...

With a Dual-Sport (A.K.A. Adventure bike) I feel that it's very important to be able to do this sort of thing, mostly because the chance of getting a trail side flat is a very real possibility, and it's something that I need to be able to fix in the middle of nowhere.

One little thing that I have done with all of my bikes, is to take it in to the shop at least once and see what little tricks the mechanic uses to make the task a little easier for my particular bike (there are differences). Most of the time, due to my own mechanical ineptitude, I learn something valuable that hopefully I will be able to retain when that ill fated moment arises.


Doug C said...

Earl: Something that kinda inspired me was a series of posts I discovered on Adventure Rider. The articles chronicled the ride of 5 South African "mates" traveling the wilds of Angola.

Having to carry one's own weekly ration of petrol would be categorized as extreme. (

While I'll never ride like that, a little mechanical education never hurt.