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Old 11-27-19, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
This is a good time for me to remind myself and everyone: Let's check our tool kits and make sure they have what they need. I do this periodically and sometimes find dried out glue or a punctured tube or a missing tool.
Good tip. I was fresh out of amphetamines.
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Old 11-27-19, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Good tip. I was fresh out of amphetamines.
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Old 11-27-19, 07:57 AM
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fwiw - since it's getting colder I keep my CO2 cartridges in the house (not my car) to keep them room temp & when I ride, I keep them in my jacket chest pocket to keep them from freezing cuz I've read, they don't work as well, when frozen. I know it's not that cold yet, but it won't be long

got a question for the group of flat fixers. I also carry a small pump. I've accumulated a few over the years. recently went thru them & picked one that fit well on my schrader valves, confirmed it's working to pump them & is one of the smallest I have. but I found it interesting that the pump feels like it has some sort of spring tension when I draw it back & almost makes it easier to then push it in, to pump the air. is that a thing?
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Old 11-27-19, 10:09 AM
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Got my first flat in over 5000 miles last week. I picked something up in the last 5 miles of a 50-miler and was able to make it home before the tire went completely flat. I always ride with a Zefal and at least 1 spare tube, but was relieved to not have to fix a flat in the 30 degree temps.

Turned out to be a tiny 1mm shard of glass that poked through. However, right next to the glass were 2 places where the tread was worn to the casing. Not sure if the two things are related, but the tire is toast. Only had about 600 miles on it and it's a Michelin Pro4, which I can usually get at least 1500 miles.

You can see the small cut from the glass to the left of the wear patches. Still puzzled - don't remember any lockups or mad skidz.

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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Only had about 600 miles on it and it's a Michelin Pro4
on the same tires, I had a broken spoke at the top of a hill, after a short distance the titre started rubbing the frame, by time I got to the bottom ogf the hill (1/4 - 1/2 mile?) the rear wheel was rubbing so much I had to stop. didn't notice this right away, but I did the next time I rode it, I did. & I replaced them

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Old 11-27-19, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
OK, so I rode 1000 miles in June to fundraise for cancer. 4 different bikes, 4 flats, one on each bike.
Flat #4 was a tubular, a Tufo Carbon Composite on a Zipp rim. Bad valve.
I replace the tire with a new one, no sealant, and on we go.
Across Indiana. Across Wisconsin.
2 Centuries in SW Illinois, 1 in St. Louis.
No problem.

I'm riding on bike trails in Madison County, IL, a little bit of snow, some very minor ice, 35-40 degrees.
Same tire goes slowly flat. Too cold to mess with, we add CO2 and off we go.
10 more miles, flat again. Too cold to mess with, we add CO2 (my last) and off we go.
6 more miles, flat again. 2 miles to go. I get back on the saddle, lighten the front, and go baby go.
Ending: flat as a pancacke.
Sits inside for a week, flat as a pancake.
I pull it off the rim, air it up, nothing. Holds air.
I fill the big sink with water, no leaks, everything is fine.
I add 2 oz of Stan's, air it up, seems to be holding.
Any ideas what the Sam Heck is going on here?
I mean, it was really inconvenient.
Not to mention, my bike is now 2 oz heavier.
no pump so it was taunting you to use all of the co2
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I'd swear the raccoons here hate me.. when I leave bikes out overnight the tires turn into scratching posts. Or teething posts. And they rip apart the gutters playing jungle gym.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
no pump so it was taunting you to use all of the co2
Pump makes my butt look big.
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