I'm new to this life, but I own bicycles and motorcycles and keep them all running, so I feel like I have relevant skills. I've been messing with this Puch Maxi N a little bit, and making tiny improvements, but the other day I was slamming around and hit something (without noticing?) and blew my rear tube and bent my rim.
I fought the Gazelle off the rim and bent it back into shape, and I have now replaced the tube four times and nipped every single one of them. I've tried zipties, pulling hard (I'm too weak), tire irons, screaming cusses at it, windex, soap. Nothing is helping me here. I'm going to patch all my tubes and start again when I'm less angry.
I've replaced tubes on other vehicles before and never had a success rate this low. I looked around the forums to see if there were tips but mostly it's just threads of people being at each other about using zip ties or not or gloating about how good they are at changing tires, and neither of those is super helpful.
Here's my real question, though: should I just buy new tires? From looking around it looks like these Gazelles are part of the issue? Or is there some fundamental part of this technique that I'm especially idiotic about? I'd rather have shittier tires with air in them than amazing tires that I can never actually use. Is it that much easier with other tires though?