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btj
07-27-2015, 11:17 AM
Got my first flat on the Bullitt today after 1,800 miles (when I was already running late for preschool drop off). I think this means I need a backup cargo bike, right? Right??? Right.

hozn
07-27-2015, 11:42 AM
Maybe consider setting it up tubeless? (Won't solve all flats for sure, but on lower-psi systems sealant does a good job and you can use plugs to fix most things that the sealant can't handle.)

btj
07-27-2015, 12:20 PM
Maybe consider setting it up tubeless? (Won't solve all flats for sure, but on lower-psi systems sealant does a good job and you can use plugs to fix most things that the sealant can't handle.)

Hm, I really don't have any experience with tubeless tires. They easy to set up? It wasn't a big deal to change the tube since it was the front wheel. The rear would be a bigger pain...

But, I really think the next step here is just to get another cargo bike... Logically it goes flat tire --> need an extra bike. Maybe a long tail? :cool:

hozn
07-27-2015, 12:26 PM
It depends. What tires (model/size/bead type and psi) are you running right now? Tubeless can be as simple as taping your rims with airtight tape (e.g. Stans yellow tape) throwing some sealant in there and pumping it up. On the other hand, if you have a tire/rim combo that doesn't want to cooperate, it can require a compressor (or different tires) or both. So I don't have an easy answer, but there's a chance that it'd be very easy and would add confidence. There's also a chance that it'd be a huge PITA to get it seated and make a big mess of latex sealant when you do have to throw in a tube :-)

Tim Kelley
07-27-2015, 12:26 PM
Bullit on a Bullit. With a spare Bullit in parts.

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83(b)
07-27-2015, 12:45 PM
It wasn't a big deal to change the tube since it was the front wheel. The rear would be a bigger pain...

I just had a flat on my cargo bike's rear wheel, and for this reason it got one of those sealant-filled tubes. I guess time will tell if it's helpful or not.

dasgeh
07-29-2015, 09:10 AM
This is definitely one of the reasons I got a midtail for my bad weather (and pregnant, since it's e-assist) bike last year. Problem with the box bike, jump on the midtail. Also helpful with multiple kids going in multiple directions. The upside of having flats on the box bike is we've discovered how to make a work stand for the box bike -- chairs under the kickstand and under the tire that's not being worked on. (If I can find a pic, I'll post)

DaveK
07-29-2015, 01:38 PM
Bullit on a Bullit. With a spare Bullit in parts.

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maverick41
08-05-2015, 04:16 AM
Got my first flat on the Bullitt today after 1,800 miles (when I was already running late for preschool drop off). I think this means I need a backup cargo bike, right? Right??? Right.

Just do it :) Get a longtail as a back up or if you have a regular bike wait for the release of Xtracycle's bolt on extension "The Leap"