Mountain Bike Racing - Tires are for Sissies!!
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This is how my husband crossed the finish line at the MTB race last Sunday. You can read on his blog http://unattachedsnoop.blogspot.com/ his full story, but basically...
2 miles into the first lap (8 miles) he got a flat rear tire, nothing on him to fix it, so he kept going. Just into the 2nd lap he got a flat in the front as well, which the front tire ended up falling off. So he rode the rest of the course with a flat rear and front rim only! He finished 6th place and even finished in front of others who had 2 good tires!
If I did that in a race I'd probably quit, just because I can't afford to go replacing rims willy nilly. But major tough guy points to him :thumbsup:
Chances are though that I'd be one of the dudes behind him, with no excuse but my pathetic legs.
Oh believe me we can't replace the rims either! I told him if he kept going and ruined the rims we couldn't afford to replace them. Suprisingly the rims are pretty perfect!! The front one filled up with mud and sand a stuff keeping it firm. He also kept going because he's in the top of the series and didn't want to lose any points.
That's dedication right there. Rep points for sure.
08-11-08, 08:02 PM
Why not carry a tube and pump?
More power to him though. :thumb:
08-11-08, 10:43 PM
Because he was looking for an excuse to tell the wife to get a new wheel set =]
No clue why he didn't have any patches or extra stuff, didn't even have any in his bike bag in the car I could give him.
And a new wheel set is needed! I think they are close to 13 or 14 years old!! Sturdy as all heck, they don't make them like they used to!
08-12-08, 06:19 AM
Yeah it wasn't my best choice, but I made one goal when I started back into biking a couple years ago, and that was to finish everything I started. I now learned my lesson about carrying spares, I do on my road bike, and will start to on my mountain bike too. Surprisingly the rims aren't that bad, they are perfectly true, and aside from some scratches in the paint they still work fine.
On a side note this past weekend I was able to do the entire race with 2 good tires that held air the whole time, wow what a difference that made.
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