11 comments on Punctures

Robert Gaggini







What spares do I carry on my normal commuting or training ride? Cycling 200km per week to work enables multiple punctures but I keep my kit very simple.



Spare Kit

I carry two new tubes, 3 tyre levers, mini pump, 2 CO2 canisters, and CO2 inflation device which is carried in a cut out water bottle. That's it!

I have been caught out several times with 2 punctures on a single outing, but not once with a mechanical where I have required another tool.


I have many stories about punctures that are stranger than fiction. I will spare the details for now, however

  1. You will always get more punctures when riding on wet roads.
  2. Always keep a look out for cuts on tyres, especially on sidewall.
  3. Check for embedded glass with every tyre inflation.
  4. Always determine the cause of a puncture before replacing tube.
  5. Always complete a forensic search, (tyre off and examined when folded both ways) if you have not found a cause for your second puncture.
  6. You will always get more punctures on a worn tyre.
  7. Stop immediately and remove any article caught on the tyre surface.
  8. Avoid a pinch flat by lightly inflating tube before completing the tyre remount.
  9. Make sure you have compatible rim size/tyre diameter because life is too short without.
  10. Don't turn your bike upside down when removing the punctured wheel.
  11. Always offer help to another cyclist with a puncture. It's good karma.

Thank You for Reading. Please Share.

Robert Gaggini
Mt Gambier Winner 2005




Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.


Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.


If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.





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