Our folding bikes were bought in 2007. Brompton, fabricated in England, exported to The Netherlands, bought in The Netherlands (2007), brought back to the UK that same year, carried with us to the Continent in 2012 – and still going strong. Every now and then, well this time is the third time, one’s confronted with a flat tire. Never her, always his bike! Does that tell us something?? The leak was this time situated immediately next to the valve. Difficult!
A precious piece of adhesive rubber (still from a bike-reparation-set, bought from Halfords in the UK!) was created using a pair of scissors and glued onto the leak area. Done!, we thought, and replaced the inner tube. Alas, when using the bicycle pump after adding some pressure a sibilant sound started – initially softly but rapidly getting louder. So we had to buy a new inner tube for € 4,90. By the way, an inner tube in French is named a ‘chambre à air’. Honestly! We tried it in the bicycle-shop and the guy did not look surprised at all.