At Bicycle Roots, the number one concern we hear from our customers is this: I’d like to buy a nice bike, but I’m afraid that it will get stolen. Bike theft is all too common in our area. It seems like bike thieves are just waiting for you to let your guard down so that they can steal your bike, bike parts, or accessories! What’s worse, a thriving black market allows thieves to quickly unload stolen goods, without any fear of the consequences. The result is a situation where too many cyclists spend too much money replacing stolen property. Or worse, where people don’t ride at all because they think it’s futile to buy a bike, since it will just be stolen anyway.
So You Have A Flat Tire
We’ve all been there. All you wanted to do was ride your bike, but you can’t, because you have a flat tire. Flat tires are the bane of any cyclist’s existence. And yet, they are ubiquitous. Why?
Modern bicycles roll on pneumatic tires, which were invented in 1887 by our friend John Boyd Dunlop. Pneumatic tires are seated on a bicycle wheel. They hold pressurized air, which is what allows them to roll smoothly, comfortably, and with minimal resistance. The bike is literally floating on a cushion of air! The air is the trick here. If pneumatic tires have no air in them, they’re useless, and you have a flat.