For the first 8 months of having my road bike, I was riding on 700x23 tires.. never a problem.. then, about 3 months ago, I started getting flats on my rear tire.. like, constantly. About 9 or 10 in 3 months. The LBS said the tire was still good, so he recommended using tuffy liners. Which I did. 3 more flats. The last two were caused by my installing the liners wrong. Last friday, I had another flat and had a nervous breakdown down and bought a new rear tire - a panaracer pasela 700x28. I rode the bike home (3 miles) rode it to work on Monday (3 miles) and got ANOTHER flat on the way home. I'm about to lose my mind. I'm still using the tuffy on this tire.. and I have a feeling the liner is to blame again. My question is, are these liners all their cracked up to be? I cut them flush with each other, but I think when the tube was inflated, they separated and had about a half inch gap between the ends. How do you install tuffys? Are speed skins better? (I heard someone talking about them at the LBS just now.. when I was buying ANOTHER freakin' tube.)
Next.. I have to vent a bit, and hopefully somone else will tell me they've done this so I'll feel like less of a ******. Since I've been riding my beater a lot lately (see previous paragraph) I've put some work into it.. first thing was to replace the crappy pedals... well, I must have crossthreaded the drive side pedal and it was at a slight angle. After mashing up the over pass on the way to work, it had completely stripped the crank arm and the pedal fell out. BAM.. right in the middle of a mashfull down stroke.. I wobbled, almost fell, people pointed and laughed, pride was hurt.
I pedal all the way to work with one foot (using the other foot to push the pedalless arm around on the drive side) and take the bus home to get my extra set of beater cranks. The next afternoon I stand in the 105 degree heat and 100% humidity and swap the cranks out ... getting violent at times because I was so hot and soaked and dripping with sweat and annoyed... well, anyway.. I must have crossthreaded the new driveside crank AGAIN and now the pedal is all wobbly after 10 minutes of riding. Do they make cranks out of frickin' butter? I know it happened cause I was rushing and frustrated both times.. but honestly.. it's not like I've never screwed in pedals before! Uhg! Please tell me this has happened to someone else?
VIncent "So annoyed at myself" Macaluso