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PostWed Aug 07, 2019 7:39 am 
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Cyclopath wrote:
Interesting.  Thanks all of you for sharing your opinions and experience.

How long does it take to change a flat?  Do you carry a spare tube and CO2?

Is slime the same thing as sealant?  People are having good results putting sealant in their tubes, if you're not pumping your tires up to 120 psi it works very well.  (I haven't used tubes in years, the tires go on the rim, sealant in the middle, I've run over glass and got small punctures that sealed up on their own, very small loss of air.)

I dread the thought of a flat back tire.  I fear it would take me a long time to change it.  That's part of the attraction of a mid drive bike.

I have carried a handy dandy battery powered compressor.  It is tubular, like a bike pump and just a bit wider.  We haven't had to use it out in the woods, yet, either.  I find it handy for inflating the towing airbags on my pickup.

A friend and I usually ride together when in the woods.  Our flat strategy would be for one of us to go back and get the pickup and load up the bike and go home to a shady grassy yard to change the tire.

I will also confess to carrying my phone with me on my local rides so I can call said friend to come and rescue me.

What with the hot weather, taking time to change a flat is not appealing.  Now, watch me get a flat today.  Got some local errand biking to do.

Just wondering, and I hope I don't have to find out, if fat tires are harder to change than regular tires?  I have fat tires on my Radmini.

My friend has had electronics problems but that has always happened on uphills and we've been able to get back to the pickup OK.  She had to replace the controller.  I helped and it was simpler than I thought.  We've yet to test it.  The old one was overheating on the uphill grades and shutting down.

No flats, please!

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PostWed Aug 07, 2019 1:14 pm 
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i used to ride skinny tires with stans tubeless for several years. it was mostly okay, but when it wasn't, it really wasn't. eventually i shifted to orange sealant and have been quite happy. i think i've had one flat in about 10000 miles of road commuting to bellevue. and, i certainly don't do the regular fill up intervals. so, either luck, or good product or some combo thereof.

https://mbaction.com/tire-sealant-shootout/

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PostThu Aug 08, 2019 8:57 am 
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Tom wrote:
If need to replace the tire on a hub motor wheel it would take a bit longer since you'd need to disconnect the electronics from the hub to remove the wheel.  On non-hub wheel or mid-drive e-bike it wouldn't take much longer than a regular bike.

That makes a lot of sense and I can see why sounding $$ on supple tires that are less flat resistant wouldn't be a priority!
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PostThu Aug 08, 2019 8:58 am 
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iron wrote:
i used to ride skinny tires with stans tubeless for several years. it was mostly okay, but when it wasn't, it really wasn't. eventually i shifted to orange sealant and have been quite happy. i think i've had one flat in about 10000 miles of road commuting to bellevue. and, i certainly don't do the regular fill up intervals. so, either luck, or good product or some combo thereof.

https://mbaction.com/tire-sealant-shootout/

I've also had better luck with Orange Seal than Stan's.  I'm running 28 mm tires at 60 to 70 psi.  A lot of people agree that Orange works better at high pressure.
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PostTue Aug 13, 2019 8:57 am 
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This one claims a range of 125 miles.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/former-harley-davidson-engineer-erik-buells-fuell-fluid-long-range-e-bike/?amp
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PostTue Aug 13, 2019 12:43 pm 
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If money were no object, or kind of no object, I'd get one of these Riese and Muller double battery touring bikes.  But it is.  So I'm looking at looking at a Giant Lafree or Trek Verve.

https://www.oregon-ebikes.com/shop/by-category/commuter-touring/

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