Monday 24 August 2009 7.45pm
saw this comment on the new Guardian bike blog
" Us folks who do work in bike shops do use tyre levers. But only to get the tyre off the rim. Never ever, ever use a tyre lever to put the tyre back on - especially that last little bit, because it will pinch the new or repaired tube, and you will be back to square one. You need to use your thumbs - and bicycle mechanic magic!
My recommendation is to a quality puncture resistant tyre, like a Schwalbe Marathon Plus or an Armadillo. These maybe slightly heavier than a regular tyre, but you will get far fewer flats if you use them. They cost a bit more (£30), but with London cycle shops charging around £15 for a tube replacement, the investment soon makes sense
The other thing that many cyclists do not do is KEEP THEIR TYRES PUMPED UP HARD!
This simple act prevents many punctures, keeps the life of the tyres (and rims) greatly extended - and the ride is much better, with less, energy sapping, rolling resistance.
The little "3cm rubber enema tube" [in a puncture repair kit] is for the old fashioned Woods valves, which no-one uses any more. Except the Dutch. "