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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-31-11, 10:45 PM   #1
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Got my first flat today! Stranded...

So I went to meet up for a local Tuesday night group ride. Two weeks ago, when the sun was out, about 40+ people showed up and they left around 6:10 even though ride time is 6:00. Today I was running late but the weather was crappy. I got there at 6:10 and there were only 5 cars in the parking lot and no bikes. I didn't care, I was going to ride. I was 15 miles away from my goal of 300 miles for the month (most miles in a month for me EVER) and the loop we do is 20 miles. So I took off by myself. The ride was going great, legs felt great, and I felt like I was rockin it. Well then I felt this bouncing as I was pedaling. I thought I was probably 4 miles from the end of the ride. I pulled over and realized that my rear tire was losing air. Just then, I realized, no pump... I had forgotten it in the car. NOOOOO....

So then I called a good friend of mine and he agreed to come pick me up in exchange for some beers. While I was waiting for him to come get me, I gps'd the distance from where I was to the end, and I was exactly 5 miles away!

WHOOO HOOOO!!!!!
Hit my 300 miles for the month!!

Not bad after all!
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Old 05-31-11, 11:14 PM   #2
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Congratulations on reaching your goal

I had a scare on the 19th. I was climbing a ridiculously steep hill on a 16" wheel Dahon folding bike. I had so much weight over the rear wheel that I thought the tire was going flat, which would have sucked because I remembered everything but my pump Luckily it wasn't going flat.
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Old 06-01-11, 06:54 AM   #3
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Congrats on the goal, very awesome.
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Congrats on the goal! I had a similar flat happen to me my first year back on the bike. I had been riding a few weeks on the greenway in Nashville. I had not purchased a pump for the bike nor any co2's or a tube. Nada nothing but me and the bike. I flatted 3 miles from the car and got to have a nice walk back pushing my poor bike with my head down. I did have a young lady stop and let me use her pump to air back up but it only lasted 1/4 mile. My second wave of brilliance happened 2 months later on Tour de Cure. I flatted at mile 28 of 32 I had a spare tube and aired it up with my cool co2 pump and noticed I had let the tube get outside of the tire in one spot. I had to let the air back out to fix the tube and noticed I had only brought the one co2 cartridge so I got to ride the SAG truck back to the finish line.

It happens and we learn as we go. I now never leave the house without a spare tube in my pack with 3 co2 cartridges. I have some misc tools and a quick link for the chain (that’s another learning experience).
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Old 06-01-11, 08:13 AM   #5
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...a 5 mile walk is good exercise too.
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Old 06-01-11, 08:18 AM   #6
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I made the fatal mistake of telling someone once that I never have problems with flats. After that Mr. Murphy apparently said "It's ON!!!"

I had put on about 20 pounds so on my road bike I decided to change from 23 to 25's. I can't go 7 feet without flatting. I tried to ride down to my local lake trail and got less than 2 miles before turning around. A total of 3 flats on that trip. Next day: Figured I would pump up the rear a little more and try it again. Made it 3/4 of the way around the block. . .

Stopped riding the road bike

On my commuter/hybrid doing a short charity ride a couple of weeks ago: mile 14 of 16 the back end started feeling a little 'bouncy' so I asked the wife if it looked like it was loosing air. She said it looked fine. Got back to the finish line and knew it must be going flat--either that or it had miraculously morphed into a MTB with rear suspension. Hung around the finish area and had snacks/beverages before going back to the car. Got on to ride to the car and it was 80% flat. Had to ride back to the car leaning over the handle bars to take as much weight off the rear end.

Good news is I'm pretty good at changing tubes now.
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I feel unworthy. I only did 293 miles in May.
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"Cyclists who have memberships in the Canadian Automobile Association now have roadside assistance available when they're on two wheels as well as four."
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/tran...le-to-cyclists

You might want to check if the same is available in your area?

Congrats on hitting your goal of 300
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"Cyclists who have memberships in the Canadian Automobile Association now have roadside assistance available when they're on two wheels as well as four."
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/tran...le-to-cyclists

You might want to check if the same is available in your area?

Congrats on hitting your goal of 300
Thats not a bad idea. My insurance probably does have some coverage but thats probably for motorcycles. Worth a shot though.

It feels REALLY good to hit 300 miles. I've been "biking" for years now but my longest ride was 15 miles... I probably rode less than 300 miles total on my road bike last year...

It's a pretty awesome feeling. I did two 40 mile rides this month. That was awesome. One was with a friend who just back in april would just bike away from me and on our 40 miler towards the end of may, he was having trouble keeping up. That felt gooooood.
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Old 06-01-11, 02:04 PM   #10
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This plus a couple of CO2 cartridges in my saddle back take up almost no room. I throw a spare tube in my jersey pocket and I'm good to go.

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C02. never leave home without it.
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Speaking of which, what is better, a pump and tubes? C02 and patches? C02 and tubes? What do you'all carry in your "flat kit?" Jersey or underseat bag?
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When I am out trail riding I carry a tube and CO2 in a seat bag. I have never had more than one flat, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. I guess when it does I will carry two tubes.
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Speaking of which, what is better, a pump and tubes? C02 and patches? C02 and tubes? What do you'all carry in your "flat kit?" Jersey or underseat bag?
they can all get the job done!

I carry CO2, 2 tubes and a patch kit in addition to a small pump for emergencies. If with a group, I'll use the C02 - by far the quickest way to reinflate a tube. If on my own and not pressed for time, I'll use my pump (I'm cheap). The patch kit is for emergencies in case I have more than 2 flats on a ride (only happened once). However, I also patch tubes at home when watching TV so I don't have to buy new ones quite so often.

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I carry a tube, patch kit and pump on each of my bikes. I had a ride where I flatted 3 times. It was a longer ride so I had thrown in an extra tube so was good for the first two flats but found myself on the side of the 101 freeway patching after the third flat.
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On every ride

  • At least one tube
  • A patch kit
  • At least two 16g CO2
  • A pump

If CO2 is new to you buy a few extra cartridges and practice once or twice before you actually need it.
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Old 06-02-11, 09:41 PM   #17
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Congrats on the 300 miles mate!

For those of you with the CO2 is there any worry over over inflating or inflating too fast with a pinch in the tire and having a blowout?
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If you don't seat the tube correctly, yeah..you can blow it out with a pinch but that could happen with a pump too. I've never blown out a tire from a C02...I don't think that's a concern but others might correct me. I run 25c and even a 16gram seems to be no problem. I do, however, carry three of them. I've flatted, repaired, inflated, pinch flatted, repaired inflated and then gotten a thorn...I think two is smart...three is cautious...but where I live there are typically no stores and no cell phone coverage so if I flat I fix it or walk for mile..and maybe miles. The other wonderful thing about C02 is if you get a slow leak. Sometime ago I realized my rear tire was going flat..slowly. Stopped, whoosh...filled it in 10 sec. back on the bike...15 min later another shot...I did that about 5 times and didn't even bother changing the tire till I got home. SO MUCH BETTER than pumping it up or fixing the flat. I never carry a pump anymore.
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