Lifesaving Tire Changing Method for Triathletes

Lifesaving Tire Changing Method for Triathletes


– [Male Voice] Just with thumbs. Nice, dirty ones. – [Male Voice] I kick
around with short swims. – [Male Voice] Oh, oh, oh you’re falling. – [Male Voice] Good morning, trainiacs. Almost, should say good afternoon. It feels like afternoon. Had a bit of a long morning routine today. And by morning routine I mean sitting on the couch looking at my phone. I promise you, you are going to be shocked at how short this swim is. But I needs a short swim, guys. I need it bad. I’ll explain how on rejigging things or approaching things in this last seven weeks of a long swim training. Swim now. (water splash) (slow music) I told you it was going to be short. I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid around with short swims. I kick around with short swims. (crickets chirping) Seriously. That’s it. This bar. That pool. This shirt. This routine. It’s like Groundhog Day right now. The mental motivation to train right now is like, ayyy although, the body however, is doing a little kicking and screaming. Oh, oh, oh You’re falling. As those long workouts
become extra extra long, like the 10K last Friday. I was just talking to Josh, it’s going to be 15K in just a few weeks. Those key workouts are like, DJ Kaled Major Key, yo. So those are like, the bread and butter. The only thing that
I’ve got to worry about in the week, is those workouts. And that means that everything else besides that workout has to take a backseat to making sure that I can do that workout, as far as, the rest of the week workouts go. How many times did I say workout there? Because the body is feeling
a little sluggish today. You get that candy ass workout. I’m just trying to think here, how this compares to the last long swim. I remember that my body certainly didn’t hold up to the training nearly as well. Like, shoulders hurt, everything tightened up
between the shoulder blades. I think I even had a little neck thing, back then. None of that is happening right now. The structure of the body is okay. I’m just a little tired. Am I getting old? Could be a little bit of that, but all the rest of my training now is way more volume than I was doing then. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that that’s the issue. (upbeat electronic music) And then even the commuting that I do now, that I didn’t do four years ago. That’s takes a lot out of me. That added five hours even though most of it is pretty easy depending on the wind, the weather. Still added work. And even all the recent changes that are happening around here. Moving around the whole office. I’ve been editing a lot
of the triterran videos for the past nine days. And that extra two to two and a half hours takes up a fair bit of work. And then launching some
new Triathlon Terra and post product project while we’re working hard to kind of, ramp our way down on some
of these existing contracts. It’s just a lot going on here. Overnight all to the bathroom. It’s all good in the hood. I just know that I need to
have that really nice balance of not going too hard on my easy days. Really hard and big on the hard days. Now, work time. The knickers worked out pretty good today. I’m a knicker man! I’m sold! (soft music) (driller drilling) – [Male Voice] On time. It’s so nice and doing good. – [Male Voice] Apparently a lot of you must be getting flat tires because you’re asking me how to change tires. Let me get some supper and then we’re gonna do that. – [Female Distant Voice]
Watch your camera! – [Male Voice] Ah, ah, ah I’m out of my work clothes. Let’s talk about changing this tire. Alright once you get that
wheel all loosened up, knock it off and then place your bike down
with the drivetrain facing up. Don’t let that sit on the ground. Empty any remaining air out of your tire. (air releasing) What you always want to use on a wheel is your valve stem as basically like a placeholder. Start with your tire levers at the opposite end of the wheel from your valve stem. And this will help you, kind of, keep track of where you are. You wedge it right into the tire. In between the rim and the tire. See that? Get it down as far you can. And then you wanna do it by a spoke that goes down on the same
side as your tire lever. So that you could go like this. And hook it. Once you have that, you can take your other tire lever, also wedge it underneath and start prying it. Look at this. Look at this. You just, kind of, work your way around. Reach in there and grab whatever flat tube you got. Pull it around. All the way to the valve stem. Like so, lika-lika-lika so. Take that off. Because with that on, you’re not going to be
able to get the tube out. Tube. What I want you to do is not just put it in, all like, soggy weiner syndrome here. Open it up so that the presta valve is like, see what I’m saying? See what I’m saying? And inflate it just like so. Just enough so that the tube has a little bit of structure. So that it’s easy to work with. It doesn’t want to fold over. Take said valve, find you valve hole. Your valve hole, it sounds filthy! And put your tube in starting there. Here’s where we got to
make sure that we don’t get any pinches. You don’t want anything folded in the tube. Or you’re going to get a flat. Okay, so you open up the tire. And then you gradually work that in all the way around. You obviously won’t have a
Panasonic GH4 blogging camera on your lap, so this will be slightly easier. Finish up by putting it all the way around. Make sure that it’s tucked in, everywhere. If it pinches, in between the tire and the rim as you’re inflating it. You’re gonna get yourself a flat. So we’re gonna start getting really fancy and I’m gonna give you potentially the best tire changing tip of your life. Just work it in the crease of your hips. And rock it back and forth with your thumbs. And as you’re doing that, pinch the tire and press it into the bead of the rim. And what that’s going to do is it’s going to get you slack as you work your way around so that’s it’s not so tight once you got to snap the entire tire on. Entire tire. Gives you room to the point that you should be able to do it, just here we go. Moment of Truth! Bam! Just with thumbs. Nice, dirty ones. A good idea is to spin the wheel and look at the tire from both sides and see if that tube is popping out. We’re good there. All good there. We’re not going to get
into CO2 cartridges today. We’re just going to use the old-fashioned tiny, tiny hand pump. When you’re pumping it up, be careful not to knock
that presta valve around. (pumping) When you do that too much, you can wiggle it. You could end up puncturing
the seal in between the valve and the tire. That’s a reason that a lot of people prefer the CO2 cartridges. But this is kind of, more fool-proof. CO2 cartridges run out of CO2. Pumps do not run out of pump. Alright now that’s done and the bike’s away, I’m going to show you
something on the road bike that literally might save your life. I’m not kidding here. I had a friend that didn’t quite happen like this and she got banged up real bad. She’s alive but she got messed up. All your bikes that have
that old quick release skewer on the front wheel, put it on the opposite side of the drive train. Drive train. Quick release skewer. And then on the back, when you close it up, make sure that it’s
pointing towards the front of the bike on the back. And then close it up, tight enough that there’s
an indent in your hand. Why you point it forward is because if somebody ever comes up and behind you and it’s pointing backwards, it’s going to catch in their spokes, shred up their spokes, and they are going down. Real hard. This way it’s a lot safer. There you go. Life saving tips from Triathlon Terra. You’re welcome.

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  1. I just read about a study that eating glutenfree increases risk for obesity. It also increases risk for heart and vascular diseases. So unless you really have to on doctors order, it's apparently not a good idea. You're the only glutenfree-eating person I know of, so be careful! 🙂

  2. Taren – how long do you hang for? Is there a ramp up process to bear in mind if you're new to it? Or, just go for it and drop when you drop?

  3. You don't really need that little nut on the valve stem (unless you're set up tubeless). Save yourself the time by not even worrying about it (and its one of those things pure cyclists will judge you on). Also, before you end up changing a flat mid-ride, take your wheel off and bounce the tire. When you learn what a bounce at your preferred psi looks like, you can use an inflator/hand pump without a gauge and still know you've inflated it properly.

  4. What about us fools who sometimes train with tubulars. So far my process is
    !- Get a flat as far from home as possible "110km a away"
    2-catastrophic flat resulting in lots of swearing
    3-Find a tim call a friend and eat 60 tim bits while a clerk eye balls the spandex wearing me 😀

  5. I disagree with the skewer direction. I think it is better to face backwards because you don't want your skewer to be snagged open from road debris like a stick while moving forward.

  6. I can't imagine using CO2 as something other than an emergency measure. The gas just escapes too fast to be practical. You'll finish the race (and not just finish) or workout, but you'll have a semi-flat after a day or two. What then – use 10 cartriges a month?

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