There have been numerous legendary and sporting endeavors by people and machines from the likes of Land Rover Camel Trophy to the ‘Drive Around The World’ by privateers.
There are 4 key elements in accomplishing this boyhood dream of ours.
1. Good Car
2. Good Gear
3. Awesome Crew
4. Tire Care
We list down some of the things to keep in mind for better management of tires for those long rides.
Tire Sealants : Sealants are thought to be a cure for tire punctures, but essentially sealants are a preventive measure.
These products are semi liquids which when inserted in the tire/tube are liquid but transform into solid when in contact with air.
Typically, tire sealants can take care of minor bruise and cuts to the tire for upto 80km (50 miles).
These are ideal for expeditions as they can take you to more hospitable place to park and switch tires.
Tire Inflators : These would go right on top of the list of “Must Haves” during an expedition/long ride. Not only these can inflate your tires during punctures but also help travel those extra miles with a flat tire (albeit with reinflating).
Modern tire inflators are compact and easy to use. Variants work directly from a cigarette lighter to the bigger ones relying on direct battery hookup.
Repair Kits : Repair Kits have gained more mainstream popularity with the introduction of Tubeless Tires.
Repair Kits contain a tire inflator at most times. Some packaged ones also house a tire sealant.
These are more useful when the commuting is in rural/remote areas where it is difficult to find a tire repair shop.
Spare tire : No matter how many measures you take, one spare tire can help you cross continents. It not only saves crucial time during emergencies but also acts as a backup to all the tire kits you can carry.
The next time you pack your bags and those fuel cans for the ride to Himalayas or Tibet, don’t forget to carry a handy kit or two along for those carbon blacks on your vehicle.