Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Plugged it with Stop and GO!
I found the brad (small nail) that was responsible for a slow air leak in my rear tire. Thanks to this forum, I've had a Stop and Go tire plugger in my side case for a few years. I re-read the directions, pulled the nail, fought to get the first tool, a reamer, into the hole, set the plug into the tool, took the nipple with the spear on it, and plunged it into the hole the reamer made. I removed the spear, attached the plugger and started to allen wrench the plug into the hole. When I removed the plugger, it was clear that I hadn't driven the plug far enough into the tire.
For my next attempt, I drove the nipple and spear in with a hammer--that did the trick!
While I keep the Stop and Go in my bike, I don't keep a hammer with it.
Anyone have a trick to get the nipple and spear into the hole?
Once I plugged the hole, I wired up my $10.00, 12 volt air compressor, from Wallmart, and filled the tire up. I have to get the compressor's pressure gauge to a little over 50psi in order to get 48 psi into the tire.
Since a lot of air had escaped, it took a few minutes to fill the rear tire, which gave me time to clean up and put everything away.
As I was going from my garage back into my house, I noticed the battery KILLER had been turned on, the parking light.
I'll give her a ride around after my pottery class tonight, check the pressure before tomorrow's riding.