Welcome to a regular series of guest blogs from our friends at London Bike Kitchen on DIY bicycle maintenance. Every month, London Bike Kitchen’s founder Jennifer Gwiazdowski will be approaching a bicycle maintenance topic through the eyes of a novice and providing a step by step guide on how to fix it. This month, Jennifer explains how to fix a flat puncture.
A puncture resistant inner tube sounds like the biking equivalent of the holy grail but tyre maker Michelin is giving it its best shot with the Protek Max inner tube.
If you’ve never ridden a bike to work on a regular basis commuting by bike can bring up many challenges. Having worked from home for a number of years, I travelled into Going Going Bike office’s in London by bike for the whole of the last week, experiencing the many trials and tribulations of the early morning and evening cycle commute for the first time.
Potholes are the bane of a cyclist life, we either drop in them while cycling or swerving to avoid them. National cycling organisation CTC has been running a nationwide competition to find the best pothole-fixing council/highway authority with cyclists and motorists encouraged to report potholes, and then see how well and quickly there were filled in.
A follow up to an earlier story featured on Going Going Bike. In early November we featured CTC’s attempts to get local authorities to repair road potholes and mentioned its www.fillthathole.org.uk website (and corresponding iPhone app) that allows cyclists and car owners alike to report a pothole/road hazard to their own relevant local authority.
One of the pet gripes of the Going Going Bike team when cycling around London is the number of potholes littered around the road network.
Last week we were in a big hurry. Off to a meeting the other side of town with only just enough time to get there. Then disaster struck… a puncture! Being well prepared with no spare inner tube or pump this was a little bit of an issue.