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Tire Changing Fail Part II

by Meghann on August 2, 2011

Tire Changing: Round II


This time I brought in the big guns


AKA Courtney ‘Triathlete Superstar’


Courtney told me she used to have dates with her ex-boyfriend where they would watch tv and practice changing flat tires. I wonder how Derek would feel if I recommended that concept for our next date night. πŸ˜‰

Courtney was amazing. She had the tire off and back on in no time and even explained each step along the way. After watching her, I was able to do the rear tire all on my own. Score!


Unfortunately, we started running into problems.


The tire was bubbling at the valve and we had no idea why. Courtney took the tire on and off, tested out the tube, and worked her way around a pinch, but it was still bubbling. She concluded that there might be a problem with the valve size and I should take it to the bike store for a professional opinion.


In other words, we were stuck and not sure what to do next. Oh well.

Tire Changing: Round II was a bust.

Here’s hoping Round III is a success!

The plan was to fix the tire and take off on the bike for a brick workout, but the failed fix prevented that from happening. Instead I took off for just the run portion of the brick. 5.5 easy miles on the trail and I was ready to call it a day.

I headed home and made a big bowl of cereal for breakfast.


  • 1/2 cup Mini Shredded Wheats
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Golden Goodness
  • 1/2 cup Erewhon Berry Crispies
  • Lemon Chobani
  • Strawberries


Time to start my day. πŸ™‚

1 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

Wow, I wouldn’t even know where to start with changing a bike tire!! Glad you had Courtney the pro there to help! πŸ™‚
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2 The Teenage Taste August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

Glad you finally got the tired changed! I can never change my bike tires…heck I can’t even put air in them without something going wrong!
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3 Theresa August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

I “know” how to change a tire…but have never been able to get the tire back onto the rim once I have the new tube in. I get stuck with about 6 inches that I can’t muscle back onto the rim myself & always cave in & ask my husband to get it on the rest of the way. I think Courtney’s date night idea is just what I need to get myself over that hurdle!
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4 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

Tire change on a bike sounds tough. Much tougher than changing a car tire– that I have MUCH more experience with.

5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

That tire just does NOT want to be changed πŸ˜‰
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6 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

Haha don’t worry girl– the tire will eventually be defeated!
Have a good day
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7 Bee Goes Bananas August 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

That sounds so frustrating! I’m definitely not the handyman in my house. The cereal looks good though!!!
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8 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

at least you got a good run in!! πŸ™‚
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9 Hope August 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

Glad to hear that you finally got the tire changed! Breakfast look yummy! πŸ™‚
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10 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food August 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

What a pain! I think I would give up on that pretty quickly. hehe
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11 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups August 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

Sorry about the bike tire! Third time’s a charm, right?
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12 Meghann August 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

Fingers crossed on that!

13 Holly August 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

flat tires petrify me—i’ve been shown how to change them, but i don’t think i’d be successful in the heat of the moment. hope you get it worked out easily.
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14 Courtney W August 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

Haha! I so wish this were a success story. Let’s make sure there’s some major praying you don’t get another flat for 2 more years πŸ™‚
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15 Meghann August 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

Watch – I’ll get one next week!

16 Corey @ Learning Patience August 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

Changing bike tires is not an easy job – πŸ™ Yummy looking breakfast though! xoxo from Trinidad — If you feel like letting a little truth out – hop on over today
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17 Cat @Breakfast to Bed August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

seeing as how i broke down in tears just refilling my son’s bike’s tires. Well done, you!
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18 Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

I totally thought of you last night when I walked out of my house and my upstairs neighbors were doing bike maintenance. At least you have a bike, that makes you leaps and bounds ahead of me πŸ™‚

19 Corrie Anne August 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

Changing tires is IMPRESSIVE. Glad you got it all together! πŸ™‚
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20 Hillary August 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Ugh. How frustrating. Hopefully the bike store can get you set up and you won’t have to deal with this again!
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21 Allie August 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I think the one reason I don’t bike very often is because I am totally scared of having to change my tire!
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22 Army Amy* August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Bikes are so intimidating to me for this reason. Good luck getting the tire changed!*
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23 Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) August 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Oh no! That is crazy! Hopefully the bike store people can figure out what the issue is!
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24 Matteson @ Healthy High Schooler August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I love all of the strawberries in your bowl!
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25 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

What a pain! It’s times like that I’m glad I still live at home, because my dad always fixes my bike πŸ™‚
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26 Cait's Plate August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Oh man – I cant’ believe the tire has still bested you!! Fingers crossed for round three πŸ™‚
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27 Ali @ Ali Runs August 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I can’t believe that tire is such a huge hassle. I would think the same thing you originally did, “If people can do this on the side of the road during a triathlon, I should be able to do it no problem.” At least you’re getting good practice!
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28 Mary August 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Third time will be a charm!
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29 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles August 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I SO need to learn to change my own flats. I find it so intimidating and overwhelming, but surely it can’t be that bad. Way to keep at it!
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30 Kim Foster, MD August 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Wish I could help you out, Meghann, but my date nights have definitely not involved flat-tire practice, sadly. Fingers crossed for ya!
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