1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

So I decided to ride my ciao to work tonight, took route 20 from Leicester to Westborough. Its about 30 miles each way, sketchy 40-50 mph roads so your forced to ride the sholder. Well about halfway in I noticed a 'tick tick tick tick'. Uhhht ohh...

Pull over to find what seems to be a large paperclip lodged in my back tire. Awesome..

Lucky for my I have the run-flat of moped tires (gazelles) so I proceed on to work. I got to work pretty early and inspected the tire. It seems to be holding up okay..

Now I have to figure out how I'm getting home.. There is a wal-mart a mile or 2 down the road from my work that will be open when I get out in 8 hours.. I'm guessing they won't have a 17" tube, but probably will have a patch kit.. Id really prefer not to just patch it but I'm not sure where I could get a replacement tube.. There's a few motorcycle/bicycle shops on the way but I'm not sure if they'll have the right size tube either, or be open at 8am..

Any ideas to help me get back home?

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

Wal-marts site says they have 16 and 18" inner tubes!

http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/17619575?adid=1500000000000012981640&veh=mweb

Which would I be better off with? The 18 inch?? It says there only 2.25 though and I'm running a 2.5' rear tire, this won't be a problem will it?

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

For a 17" moped wheel you need like a 21 or 22" bicycle tube. 20 may be too tight, theyre almost tight on a 16" tomos rim. The patch kits at walmart SUCK, ask me how I know lol. Fix-a-flat or a bottle of slime/air pump would probably be your best bet till you get a new tube.

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Huh 21 or 22 inch tube? How do you figure..

Can anyone confirm this?

Also its not a slow leak, it won't hold any air period so Im guessing the tubes garbage. I highly doubt the slime will do anything. I'm just gonna get an inner tube and change it in the parking lot..

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

Wal-mart only sells a 20" and 26" nothing in between.

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You could always try an old Bobcat trick since your tube is fucked. Pull out your valvestem, shoot a bunch of expanding foam in there to make a solid tube. A bit sketchy, but should work in a bind.

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I found a motorcycle shop a little ways past the wal-mart that opens at 9.

I'm gonna wing it and hope they have a 17' motorcycle tube, also will stop at walmart first and pick up a 20' bike tube just incase the motoshop don't have any in stock. I just hope my tire doesn't get fucked on the 5m ride there..

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

good luck changing a gazelle in a parking lot, man i have trouble with those, I would just ride it flat if the tubes don't materialize.

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

Darrell Gabbard /

moped tires are measured like motorcycle tires now. in the old days moped tires were measured like bicycle tires by the tires OD, so a 17" moped tire is equal to a 21" bicycle

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--> Jason Kluczyk Presents: Jason Kluczyk /

i've seen the fix a flat in a gazelle before...it wasn't pretty and didn't work...

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

Use the plastic bag trick, where you put the bag on the rim, then slide tire on.

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

Brad its not like i am riding my moped to work for first time, nor 60 miles

But i feel u. I have crashed my car head on collision w illegal u turn granpa. 2 cars totalled i was on stretchers last night.

Moped in full effect!!

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

i've had better luck with slime than fixaflat fwiw.

Part 2 of 2! Fixaflat or bust. SOLUTION

Here's how I got back this morning..

Smoked weed, rode to walmart got a 20' bike tube. Tried to install it in the parking lot, ripped it after a bit of man-handling stuffed the tube inside the the tire and rode her flat all the way home.

Motorsports international was open by the time I drove by so I stopped and picked up a 17' motorcycle tube that'll probably get installed tomorrow..

Thanks for all the tips. So good advise in here for future reference..

@OG vandal I'm sorry to hear that dude! Sounds like my night was a cake walk compared to yours.. I hope your alright and back to blasting asap. Damn old people causing carnage ...

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

You invoke what are now rose-colored memories of many past mechanical horrors that have befallen me (which may or may not have involved the smoking of weed), but all involved real expense, grief, pain or aggravation in one form or another.

Fortunately I have no moped breakdown horror stories to share from the first 2000 km I have ridden mine. It would certainly suck, that's for sure.

Enjoy.

Re: Part 2 of 2! Fixaflat or bust. SOLUTION

it's best to smoke weed before you do any sort of repair. seriously.

Brad Money Wrote:

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> Here's how I got back this morning..

>

> Smoked weed, rode to walmart got a 20' bike tube.

> Tried to install it in the parking lot, ripped it

> after a bit of man-handling stuffed the tube

> inside the the tire and rode her flat all the way

> home.

> Motorsports international was open by the time I

> drove by so I stopped and picked up a 17'

> motorcycle tube that'll probably get installed

> tomorrow..

> Thanks for all the tips. So good advise in here

> for future reference..

>

>

> @OG vandal I'm sorry to hear that dude! Sounds

> like my night was a cake walk compared to yours..

> I hope your alright and back to blasting asap.

> Damn old people causing carnage ...

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Ryan N. Wrote:

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> it's best to smoke weed before you do any sort of

> repair. seriously.

How else would it get done?

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

exactly.

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

John Warren IhazJawas /

patch it man you can do up to 4 times then you can at least use it as a spare if you already bought another tube

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+1 for slime. found a staple in my very worn tire at work, pulled it out and it held air for weeks.

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John Warren IhazJawas /

slime can cause an imbalance in the tire and cause an accident

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MaddMatt -Ruffians STL /

John Warren IhazJawas Wrote:

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> slime can cause an imbalance in the tire and cause

> an accident

I love slime, never caused me any accidents. I have used it a ton.

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John Warren IhazJawas /

slime and fixaflat werent made for mopeds and moped speeds and it only takes one accident

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

MaddMatt -Ruffians STL /

Go eat some more philly cheese steaks and Stfu, dumbass

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Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" /

John Warren IhazJawas Wrote:

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> slime and fixaflat werent made for mopeds and

> moped speeds and it only takes one accident

don't you mean 'at crotch rocket speeds' it only takes one accident?

To drop a ped from out of balance tire at 25mph would take some mad skills. i'd still pick it up and ride it home.

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John Warren IhazJawas /

Seriously?? Go fuck yourself

-MaddMatt - Wrote:

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> Go eat some more philly cheese steaks and Stfu,

> dumbass

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MaddMatt -Ruffians STL /

Yeah seriously, get a little fatter so your jawa can only top out at 25mph .

Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

i only used a little slime in each tube, i think i've done 8 or 10 with 1 skinny bottle. i was told speed wobbles only happen over 40? which my stock+proma hobbit barely hits, so not really worried.

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John Warren IhazJawas /

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Re: 1st time riding to work, 60 mile round trip. Part 1 of 2! Fixaflat or bust.

MaddMatt -Ruffians STL /

I suggest philly cheese steak, but if you want to eat a dick go for it tubby.

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