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Phoenix, Arizona 85044

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How to avoid a flat tire!

Jeff Lockwood, LIFESPORT Inc.

There is a plethora of tips and techniques on fixing flats.  For good reason, they will eventually happen if you ride outside.  There is, however very little discussion or instruction given on how to avoid flat tires.  My motto for avoiding flats while road cycling: “If it doesn’t look like pavement, don’t ride over it.” 
There are technically four steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of getting a flat. 

  1. LOOK: Keep your head up and look in the direction you are traveling.
  2. LISTEN: If you see an obstacle or debris, first listen for traffic and then look over your shoulder to check for traffic so you can navigate around the issue.
  3. MOVE:  If traffic is heavy you may have to maneuver around it which means being able to rapidly change directions with surgical precision.
  4. FEEL:  If you do ride over debris then using your glove can be an effective means of cleaning off the tire before anything becomes too embedded. 

Side note:  With all these techniques, a great deal of skill is required and so practicing in a safe environment is essential.  In particular, putting your hands so close to the spokes and frame to clean your tire has its risks.  Clearly, it is far better to identify something caught in your tire then to end up getting a slow leak; only to discover it as you turn into a corner, or start descending a hill.
*For instruction and demonstration of these techniques, go to the Curbside Cyclery website to view video instruction on learning these helpful skills. 

If you have found it difficult to execute these skills, a professional bike fit might be in order.  For the body and bike to move appropriately the two must fit together in a biomechanically correct position.  For a fit or individual instruction to sharpen your skills, contact Cycling Instructor, Jeff Lockwood at .