Hey guys, a few questions for the experts. I had a blow out yesterday 10 miles into my commute. I say blow out because it was loud. I thought I was shot at for a brief period. I managed to not make my self look like a fool and dive off the bike screaming but just calmly pull over. I am not sure what caused this but I suspect glass or something sharp.
The tube has a semi round piece completely blown out and what appears to be two "snake bites" all running together. The tire looks either ripped, cut or both. I kinda suspect the tire was cut by something, the tube pushed its self out of the slice in the tire, causing it to rip a bit, then the exposed tube blowing and causing a pinch bite to the tube.
What would you guys do as a road side fix in this situation? I tried a couple layers of duct tape but the tube pushed right through that. I could not find anything on the side of the road to stuff between the tire and tube to limp to work. So I called the wifey to pick me up.
After work I tried to come up with a road side fix in case this happens again. I cut up a plastic sprite bottle and made a plastic patch that I could duct tape to the inside of the tire. I have it under 80lbs of pressure right now and it is holding but the tire is bulging a little bit. I may test it out this afternoon by riding a few miles around the block. What do you guys think. Would it last 5 miles? Here are some pics:
Here is the patch:
Here it is in the tire:
Some 200mph duct tape to hold it in place:
Here is my fix with 80lbs of pressure:
So I am contemplating trying a different tire. These are the Conti Gatorskins. I am considering the Conti Touring Plus. Anyone try the Touring Plus? I have read plenty of reviews of the Gatorskins. But can't find anyone commenting on the Touring Plus. I am a bit aggravated since the tire only has a little over 800 miles. Which tire is better?
If anyone in Tucson is looking to do a mini group buy from Tiresdirect.com let me know as Monday I will be placing an order. They usually give a small discount for 2+ tire purchases. I live NW Tucson and work Central UA area. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for any input or responses. GD