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Old 11-09-19, 09:43 AM
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Was that an NH joke?
Don't get me started.
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Don't get me started.
Don't get ME started!
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Old 11-09-19, 11:40 AM
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I think we have the basis for an agreement here....
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LOL in Montana there are North Dakota jokes... didn't know same state vs state jokes were elsewhere, but not surprised
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LOL in Montana there are North Dakota jokes... didn't know same state vs state jokes were elsewhere, but not surprised
Like, what is the state tree of N Dakota? The telephone pole.
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Believe me when I say that nothing is more dire than the state of affairs between NH and Massholia aka Massghanistan.
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We used to discuss flat tire experiences here. This latest trend is unpleasant. Fixing a flat on occasion is required. This discussion isn't.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
LOL in Montana there are North Dakota jokes... didn't know same state vs state jokes were elsewhere, but not surprised
I'm sure it's universal. You can imagine what New Yorkers and New Jerseyans say about each other's driving on roads. I have to say, as someone who has lived in both places, we all earn our bad reputations. New Yorkers often are rude on the roads, and New Jerseyans don't have much regard for people's lives, including their own.
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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.
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Old 11-10-19, 12:21 PM
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^^^good advice, Tom^^^
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Old 11-10-19, 12:31 PM
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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.
yep....just found levers that I had not put back in saddlebag (threw into backpack) after last flat fix in the rain. I have also taken to writting the date i bought them on patch kits (rema only)
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Old 11-10-19, 04:24 PM
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Once I open a tube of glue, it goes home to patch any other tubes than need it, and a fresh unopened tube goes onto the bike. Never know how soon (or not) it’ll be needed.
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Old 11-10-19, 04:54 PM
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Good idea, @ThermionicScott.
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I went a loooong time with no flats. A couple of years, easy. Then at some point, like an idiot, I mentioned it out loud. Flats are now a regular occurrence here, and I've actually had a flat on four of my last five rides. Two today, which means I ended up being "that guy," as I typically just bring a spare tube and CO2 so I'm prepared for my one flat. First time I've ever had to say "nope" when someone riding by asks if I have everything I need.

Anyway I'm just here to tip my cap to the God of Punctures, whoever he may be, and say "yep, you win," and I'll give a nod to St. Sebastian too, just in case.
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Old 11-11-19, 08:31 AM
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I don't carry CO2, but I don't blame anyone who does. I don't understand not carrying a pump, though. They never run out of air.
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I had a flat that sounds annoying but wasn't. I hadn't ridden my Lemond with 650b tires in a long time. I grabbed it to take it to class today, and the rear was flat. It's the tube I patched earlier this year. Failure? I took the tube out and didn't find a leak. The good news is that 1. I had my bike stand ready to go and enough space to use it in, 2. the tires are loose and easy to remove and replace, 3. it's easy to put in 50 psi with a floor pump. I didn't even get my hands very dirty. The tire seems to be holding air. Maybe it's a very slow leak at the patch. No big deal with low-pressure tires.
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Anyway I'm just here to tip my cap to the God of Punctures, whoever he may be, and say "yep, you win"...
Oh! I see that you are familiar with the Greek god of all gasses, Deflatulatus?
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I don't carry CO2, but I don't blame anyone who does. I don't understand not carrying a pump, though. They never run out of air.
As long as it isn't plastic, the plastic has crystallized, and the pump breaks when you're using many kilometers/miles from home. that happened to me with my SILCA IMPERO. The pump broke in three places. I think there might have been hairline cracks in it that I never noticed.

My favourite pumps are the Zefal HP and the Zefal HPX. I need to try and find new heads for mine.

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Believe me when I say that nothing is more dire than the state of affairs between NH and Massholia aka Massghanistan.
You mean Taxachusetts?

I live two miles north of the border. Born in Manchester. Poor husband, he's from Buffalo. He doesn't get it.
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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.
or a MTB spare tube in my road bike saddle bag lol
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or a MTB spare tube in my road bike saddle bag lol
Actually, I'm aware that I don't have the right size spare. I plan to use it anyway, if I need it.
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MTB had a front flat this morning. couldn't find the cause by eye balling the outside of the tire. used some soapy water to make a bubble & found the puncture in the tube. marked it w grease pencil but then sanded it & patched it. found the minuscule offending wire spec inside the tire & flicked it w/ my fingernail. wasn't big enough to grab. patch holds great & I had a nice ride




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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.

UPDATE:
4 days later: thing is still holding air.
I may ask, WTF? but I know, sometimes the boojuns sneak out and torment me.
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Like, what is the state tree of N Dakota? The telephone pole.
They have phones there now? Oh, I'm visiting.
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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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