My last job before I hit the road to Baja was loading my Surly Pugsley. I noticed it had a front flat so I figured might as well fix it in Victoria.
I was surprised to find a lot of thorns in both tires. They could only have come from Baja last winter. Some how they survived all year including a fair number of winter rides.
I broke out my mini-pliers and worked my way around each tire pulling all the thorns.
I used a tub of water to locate the holes. Amazingly I only found two in the front tube. At least that was at moderate pressure. It’s possible there may be some additional pinholes. I patched the two and put the tire back on. If it’s still holding air when I roll into La Ventana on Sunday I’ll know I got ’em all. If not time for a six pack and some hunting!
As I worked on my Pugsley I couldn’t help, but noticing how rough she looked…=-( This bike takes a beating and gets almost no maintenance. So far she hasn’t let me down!