Clydesdale On Wheels
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Richardson, Texas
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Spoke-Induced Tube Puncture
Had a surprise after work the other day, as my rear tube was not just a little flat, but so flat the tire had become unset from the rim.
Specialized Hard Rock set up for commuting
Specialized Nimbus street slicks with 75/85 psi front/rear (80psi max on tire)* at 0500 and 77degF
I dis-assembled wheel/tire/tube & found a puncture on the inside of the tube that matched a place where it appears the black rubber rim tape failed over one of the spokes (and was ready to fail elsewhere). Replaced tube & did a jury-rig rim tape patch with some package tape. It was good for 11+ miles back to my garage. I won't trust it again, however, until I resolve the issue.
It was fine in the AM on the way to work. I suspect that the tube pressure increased over the day, as it sat in the sun at the rack and our high temps have been around 105degF lately.
This is a new puncture for me. Ought the generic cloth-like rim tape at my LBS do the trick or do I need something more aggressive/specific?
I have thought about going with one of the "puncture resistant" tubes (which just look like thicker / heavier tubes). I am not one to squawk at a little weight, but they are about 4x the mass of the standard tube.
* Still not enough pressure for the weight it must carry, as it squashes down more than I'd like when under load with me & my gear. Any suggestions on a high-pressure / high-weight-capacity 26" MTB street slick?