How to Prevent Flat Tires
With no doubt, flat tires are one of the biggest irritations for a biker on a trail. It is especially irritating to have a flat tire while riding in the trails of Morzine, after a long period of preparations and anticipation. Here are some useful tips to help us not to have to deal with this problem:
1. Apply an appropriate amount of air pressure - Every kind of biking requires a different amount of air pressure for the tires. On XC and DH trails, the air pressure applied should not be very high. If the air pressure is too high, the probability for getting a flat tire is greater. It should also not be too low, to allow enough support for the bike.
2. Use a new inner tube - If you have a puncture, it is better to switch the inner tube than mending the flat tire with a patch. Inner tubes with patches tend to have repeated punctures.
3. Check the tires after a ride - after finishing a bike ride, inspect the tires of the bike and try to find cracks, embedded objects, cuts or minor punctures. Do this check by turning around the wheels in good lighting. Taking care of a minor problem help to prevent them from becoming bigger problems further on. If a small puncture is found in this inspection, patch it up so it won‘t evolve into a large puncture that causes a flat tire.
4. Use Tire Liners - Tire liners are a very useful low cost means of preventing flat tires. Using a tire liner reduces flats by providing an extra layer of protection against cuts and punctures.
5. Use High quality tires - There are many brands of tires that are know as better in avoiding flats than others. While buying your bike or when you rent a bike in Morzine, find a bike that has high quality tires that have a low probability for getting flat tires.