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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 08-30-13, 05:20 PM   #1
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Bad luck today

I went for an afternoon ride, gone maybe 1/4 mile and POP, rear tire goes flat. I find a 1/2 slit right down the center. Must have hit glass or something to cut it. New threads in on Wednesday. Lone week now.
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Old 08-30-13, 05:47 PM   #2
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I tend to keep 3-4 spare tires on hand for just such an occasion. I don't actually RIDE with the spare but I have them handy (get 'em when they're on sale)

I keep some of these in my saddle bag for during the ride: Park Emergency Boot TB-2

Just be glad you weren't 30 miles from home!
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Old 08-30-13, 06:22 PM   #3
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I always have my "next set" of tires in my workshop. I also look for them on sale and have had as many as six tires on hand for my main ride.

For a boot, I have about a foot of duct tape wrapped around my CO2 inflator. Has worked on the two occasions I needed it, once on a half inch cut.
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I always have my "next set" of tires in my workshop. I also look for them on sale and have had as many as six tires on hand for my main ride.

For a boot, I have about a foot of duct tape wrapped around my CO2 inflator. Has worked on the two occasions I needed it, once on a half inch cut.
I've used pieces of old tubing too, but they're more finicky. I might have to try tube + duct tape when I run out of those park jobs. Good tip!
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Could be worse. On Tuesday of this past week I went out for an evening ride.

Two or so miles out my chain fell off. :/ Walking back on cleats wasn't exactly the most comfortable either.

(the chain was new too and wasn't on the bike more than two weeks. The chain broke because of my own stupidity, but it didn't make the walk of shame any better afterwards. ).

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I went for an afternoon ride, gone maybe 1/4 mile and POP, rear tire goes flat. I find a 1/2 slit right down the center. Must have hit glass or something to cut it. New threads in on Wednesday. Lone week now.
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Old 08-31-13, 11:42 AM   #6
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I tend to keep 3-4 spare tires on hand for just such an occasion. I don't actually RIDE with the spare but I have them handy (get 'em when they're on sale)

I keep some of these in my saddle bag for during the ride: Park Emergency Boot TB-2

Just be glad you weren't 30 miles from home!
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I just ordered those from Amazon, I could have patched the inside of the tire, put in a new tube, and be riding again!
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I just ordered those from Amazon, I could have patched the inside of the tire, put in a new tube, and be riding again!
In case it's not obvious, those are short term fixes only, replace the tire when you get a chance.
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I just ordered those from Amazon, I could have patched the inside of the tire, put in a new tube, and be riding again!
They will last about 300 miles.
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Oh yes, I have ordered two tires, and three tubes.
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Old 08-31-13, 02:26 PM   #10
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I also had a blowout this week. Thankfully, I was only one mile out from home but still... it stinks! I had just bought the "Rocky" soundtrack and was pumping away to "Gonna Fly Now" (yeah, I'm totally cheesy like that) with my external speakers blaring and then POP. Game over.

I just got a pair of Lake freeride shoes, too. Not as rough walking on them as cleats but they're still pretty stiff.

"The walk of shame..." LOL!!
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Bad luck also

A week ago last Monday, we had a rain over the weekend and the goatheads were washed out on the roads. I had 2 holes in 2 out of the 3 tires on my trike. I was 3.7 miles from home so I pumped up the tires and pushed the trike home. Had to stop twice and add air to the tires. Only second time I have had a flat in over 2000 miles. A month before I had the flats I had just put the new tires and tubes on all 3 wheels. Sometimes things just happen. I filled all 3 tires with that green slime, hope it works.
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Old 08-31-13, 06:06 PM   #12
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A US dollar bill on the inside of a tire works wonders as a temp fix to get you home, the linen content of the bills is pretty tough.
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A US dollar bill on the inside of a tire works wonders as a temp fix to get you home, the linen content of the bills is pretty tough.
Energy bar wrappers are also a good tire liner for small to moderate tire failures.

I tend to remove tires between 1500 and 2000 miles even if they have a few hundred miles left. I'll keep them around as spares for a year or two.
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Energy bar wrappers are also a good tire liner for small to moderate tire failures.

I tend to remove tires between 1500 and 2000 miles even if they have a few hundred miles left. I'll keep them around as spares for a year or two.
"Energy bar wrappers" I'll have to try that one. I use a Park Tool tire boot or a one doller bill. Then fill the cut or cuts with Shoe Goo when I get home.

I run my old cheap 100 psi Kenda Kwest tires to 5,000 to 7,000 miles if there isn't to many cuts.

I do check my tires on my commuter bike every 20 miles to pull out glass and stuff then every weekend Shoe Goo the cuts or sooner if I get a flat.

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...I use a Park Tool tire boot or a one dollar bill. Then fill the cut or cuts with Shoe Goo when I get home.
I'm considering the Park Tool tire boot as a long term fix for tiny cut or holes. How durable are they?
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I'm considering the Park Tool tire boot as a long term fix for tiny cut or holes. How durable are they?
Park Tools say they are only a temp fix but I had one in a 100 psi tire with a three mm cut for about 3,400 miles now. I don't think I would trust any kind of boot with anything larger then that though.

Don't forget to fill the cut with Shoe Goo. It'll keep the rocks, glass, and road dirt from cutting on it anymore.
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Getting a flat 1/4 of a mile from home is a sign that God loves you. I generally get mine a couple and sometimes few dozen miles out. I'm not sure if the Big Guy is challenging me to make me smarter and better or if he hates me or if he just enjoys seeing me suffer... oh, well. I always love that old dollar bill temp fix, too -- it verifies that at least a dollar still has at least one good use!
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I always love that old dollar bill temp fix, too -- it verifies that at least a dollar still has at least one good use!


Also if there a home being built near by the tie vac that they rap the home in before the siding is installed also works good. Grab a hand full of scrapes for a lifetime supply.

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Anyone ever tried a banana skin as a temp fix for a torn tire?
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Anyone ever tried a banana skin as a temp fix for a torn tire?
You're crazy. banana skins have no strength of any sort, I can't imagine why you'd want to do that.
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You're crazy. banana skins have no strength of any sort, I can't imagine why you'd want to do that.

To solve two problems in one shot.

Bananas are the perfect snack, they have sugar and potassium (to help with bonk and to prevent muscle cramps) and they come in their very own biodegradable wrapper.

And if that wrapper can be put to other uses then so much the better.

BTW, bananas are very strong. I came to the USA on a banana boat.
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