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Old 02-27-11, 12:01 AM   #1
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A problem too big for even slime to handle...







I really have no idea how it actually got oriented spatially to be able to pierce my tire!

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Old 02-27-11, 01:25 AM   #2
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What a wimpy tire to let that cause it to flat
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Old 02-27-11, 01:31 AM   #3
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I really have no idea how it actually got oriented spatially to be able to pierce my tire!

Better through the tire than through the rim.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:58 AM   #4
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Yeah you got pretty lucky it didn't go through the rim, the last time this happened to me it was a drywall screw and it pushed it self through a spoke hole and pushed an eyelet out.
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Old 02-27-11, 10:24 AM   #5
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The same thing happened to me once, I think it's the only flat I ever had on that set of tires. The nail looked old fashioned, like something out of the 1800s. I bet it sat on the shoulder for 100 years just waiting for me to come along.
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Old 02-27-11, 10:34 AM   #6
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I like how the slime sprayed all over after that.
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Old 02-27-11, 11:23 AM   #7
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I like how the slime sprayed all over after that.
It sounded like a hammer was pounding on my chainstay, I was in the middle of an intersection and the light turned yellow so I pedaled hard, took maybe 3-4 secs from the time I heard the first "whack" until the tire was completely deflated.

The slime was everywhere!

I walked back to my house because it was only about a mile, then attempted to patch and booted the tire with duct tape. It lasted about 3 months, but the boot + patch was pushing out so I finally ordered a new tire last week.
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Old 02-27-11, 07:40 PM   #8
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I had some tubes with Slime in them (proper Slime branded and all). In my experience, Slime never helped AT ALL. I never saw it able to stop a leak from even the tiniest puncture, one from a small bit of wire. All it did was to spray green crap all over and make it hard to patch the tube.
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Old 02-27-11, 07:55 PM   #9
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That bike is filthy. Absolutely filthy.


Also, you seem to have a nail sticking through your tire. Perhaps if you cleaned the bike, you would have noticed it.
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Old 02-27-11, 08:16 PM   #10
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That bike is filthy. Absolutely filthy.


Also, you seem to have a nail sticking through your tire. Perhaps if you cleaned the bike, you would have noticed it.
bicycles are for riding, not looking pretty imo
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Old 02-27-11, 10:09 PM   #11
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I had some tubes with Slime in them (proper Slime branded and all). In my experience, Slime never helped AT ALL. I never saw it able to stop a leak from even the tiniest puncture, one from a small bit of wire. All it did was to spray green crap all over and make it hard to patch the tube.
It has always helped me. Here in Tucson I occasionally get small punctures which the slime seals right up. Before I moved here, I lived in Albuquerque, where you had to have thorn proof tubes with slime to ride anywhere after the goat head "storms." I don't miss the goat heads, they are everywhere in ABQ!
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Old 02-27-11, 10:12 PM   #12
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That bike is filthy. Absolutely filthy.


Also, you seem to have a nail sticking through your tire. Perhaps if you cleaned the bike, you would have noticed it.


It shifts like a dream and is nearly silent though, I do keep up on all other maintenance! Shiny attracts thieves too, and I keep it locked up for 8 hours everyday outside.
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Old 02-28-11, 02:00 AM   #13
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I had some tubes with Slime in them (proper Slime branded and all). In my experience, Slime never helped AT ALL. I never saw it able to stop a leak from even the tiniest puncture, one from a small bit of wire. All it did was to spray green crap all over and make it hard to patch the tube.
I live on some nasty dirt roads and I've only had a failure like this once. When that happened slime was leaking out of the nail hole and three other holes in the tire that had been punctured at some earlier time with no ill effect.
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Old 02-28-11, 03:36 AM   #14
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Wow. Did you check the grassy knoll for the sniper?

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Yeah you got pretty lucky it didn't go through the rim, the last time this happened to me it was a drywall screw and it pushed it self through a spoke hole and pushed an eyelet out.
Oh definitely. Drywall screws are always the culprits that absolutely destroy my tires.
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Old 02-28-11, 05:49 AM   #15
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6d CC Thats pretty ugly on a bike!

Best personal flat to date was the Rail road spike I picked up in a 20ft box truck I use to drive. Inner tire on the rear axle and it came off the bead and bouncing around with that heavy spike. Ugly sounds and feeling at 45mph.
Buddy managed to pick up a set of Fisker scissors on a brand new tire on his show truck that the bottom is as clean as the top. Got very lucky there was no paint damage. Took him 6 months (weekends and after work) to completly disassemble truck to do the paint work on the truck. It only have about 300 miles on it when it happened.
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Old 02-28-11, 08:22 AM   #16
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It sounded like a hammer was pounding on my chainstay, I was in the middle of an intersection and the light turned yellow so I pedaled hard, took maybe 3-4 secs from the time I heard the first "whack" until the tire was completely deflated.

The slime was everywhere!

I walked back to my house because it was only about a mile, then attempted to patch and booted the tire with duct tape. It lasted about 3 months, but the boot + patch was pushing out so I finally ordered a new tire last week.
I patched my tire and it's still holding up, the drywall screw attacked it three days after I bought the tire so I wasn't going to give up that easily. But I only had one hole to patch not two
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Old 02-28-11, 08:52 AM   #17
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I patched my tire and it's still holding up, the drywall screw attacked it three days after I bought the tire so I wasn't going to give up that easily. But I only had one hole to patch not two
Yeah, this tire wasn't that old when it happened, maybe 400 miles. Did your screw go through the sidewall at all? It sucks when a brand new tire gets trashed...

The hole in the tread part of the tire held fine with the patch, it was the sidewall hole that I couldn't get to hold. It kept pushing out a little bump more and more, and one day the tube popped. It didn't actually burst out of the hole through the tire, a little dimple had formed inside the tire and was deep enough that the tube got a hole in it right where the dimple was.
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Old 02-28-11, 09:35 AM   #18
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No I got lucky I went in the "top" of the tire, the Part that sucked was the rim getting beat up.
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Old 02-28-11, 10:58 AM   #19
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I didn't think there was anyone left on Bikeforums that trusted Slime to fix anything.

On topic - OUCH!
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Old 02-28-11, 03:18 PM   #20
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front tire kicked it up.

Same happened to me. Sliced my leg in the process.
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Old 02-28-11, 03:31 PM   #21
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Wow! You really have to watch out for those contruction areas with their crazy framers with nailguns. Its amazing you made it out of there with your life! =P
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Old 02-28-11, 04:25 PM   #22
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Now if you'd been running Nu-teck airless you give it a yank w/your Leatherman pliers and keep on rollin'. What kind of crappy tires could't hold up to a 40 penny nail, anyway? You need a new supplier.
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Old 02-28-11, 04:54 PM   #23
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Give that tire a tetanus shot!
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Old 02-28-11, 05:47 PM   #24
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I almost hit this the other day:

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Old 02-28-11, 05:53 PM   #25
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That reminds me of the CAR tire I saw while working in a FL tire shop -- the cross-brace from a SWINGSET had skewered that tire, pretty much just like that nail did yours!
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