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    1st time in 40+ years . . .

    Riding single bike yesterday through 6 mile long construction zone.
    Got a flat on rear wheel from a cactus thorn. Put in spare tube, pumped it up, but no luck as the valve stem separated from the tube.
    Pulled out the tire I flatted and sat on the roadside to patch it; all went well until I tried putting glue on the holy tube . . . all the glue had dried up!
    So, stuck out my thumb. Fortunately got a lift from a fellow bike rider that drove a jeep with a rack on the rear.
    Guess all was not bad luck!
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    you are forgiven - just don't let it happen again.
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    Better sooner than later, oh wait, it is later than sooner. At least the thumb was still working.

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    thanks for the reminder to check my patches & glue. everytime I swap a bike trunk I look at my flat kit and think hmmm, wonder if that glue has dried up. I think I have some glueless patches anyway but I really should check that tube I guess huh?
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    Been there, done that. Now I get a new patch kit every spring. Leave them in the bike too long and those tubes can dry out even if they've never been opened.

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    I'm always temped to leave my bike rack on my sub, but I'll end up getting a ticket. I don't know if that happens a lot, but I'm afraid to take the chance. Anyhow you made out ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I'm always temped to leave my bike rack on my sub, but I'll end up getting a ticket. I don't know if that happens a lot, but I'm afraid to take the chance. Anyhow you made out ok.
    Leaving a bike rack on is illegal there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I'm always temped to leave my bike rack on my sub, but I'll end up getting a ticket.
    What????

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    Blocking the license plate or lights is illegal probably everywhere. So that is why the rear rack wasn't left on; this is pure speculation.

    Good on getting a pickup that makes it a much happier story.

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    Maybe those airless tires would be worth a try. I've heard a thing or two about them................................................
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyduck View Post
    Blocking the license plate or lights is illegal probably everywhere. So that is why the rear rack wasn't left on; this is pure speculation.

    Good on getting a pickup that makes it a much happier story.
    Yes, that's it and I know of people that got a ticket. I guess it's how the cop feels. I don't want to find out the hard way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Been there, done that. Now I get a new patch kit every spring. Leave them in the bike too long and those tubes can dry out even if they've never been opened.
    I bring the tube home for proper glued patches. In the saddle bag... I carry those little scab patches.

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    Been there, done that back in the days when tires weren't as puncture-resistant as they are today.Now, once I open the glue, I put an unopened one in the bag just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Yes, that's it and I know of people that got a ticket. I guess it's how the cop feels. I don't want to find out the hard way.
    Around here, some of the police cars have racks on them. Hitch racks have always been okay, until the last year or two when police departments everywhere started looking for new ways to raise money. The possibility of handing out tickets for 'blocking license plates' must have been published in a trade magazine or something, because the practice started popping up everywhere, all at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Yes, that's it and I know of people that got a ticket. I guess it's how the cop feels. I don't want to find out the hard way.
    What's the cost of a bicycle license in Texas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    What's the cost of a bicycle license in Texas?
    I don't know where this is going, but I'll bite. It cost nothing.
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    Glad you found someone to give you and your bike a much needed ride. I was hoping maybe you'd get a ride from a redneck driving a big diesel smoking pickup.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Adding new patch kit to my amazon cart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Pulled out the tire I flatted and sat on the roadside to patch it; all went well until I tried putting glue on the holy tube . . . all the glue had dried up!
    Thats precisely why I carry a spare tube. The patch kit is for times when I have a second flat.
    Thanks for the reminder. I must remember to check the glue in the patch kits on both bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I bring the tube home for proper glued patches. In the saddle bag... I carry those little scab patches.
    After a mostly great summer I had a two week span of horrible luck. 3 flats in three days commuting to work; last time I was out of spares. I had the scab patches, but didnt hold well near deformed spot in tube. I had to reinflate three times over 17 miles, but I made it.

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    I can see how you might let the glue dry out if you have so few flats! Nice that you got a ride from a fellow cyclist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gear64 View Post
    After a mostly great summer I had a two week span of horrible luck. 3 flats in three days commuting to work; last time I was out of spares. I had the scab patches, but didnt hold well near deformed spot in tube. I had to reinflate three times over 17 miles, but I made it.
    I had a flat a couple weeks ago. For whatever reason.... it took my entire CO2 cartridge to inflate the tire. I was telling that to another cyclist that confessed he carries FOUR cartridges now-a-days. I ended up adding a 2nd CO2 cartridge to my saddle bag.

    For me... I struggle between being prepared for anything (I do cycling some long distances by myself) and being over-loaded with extra equipment I will never use. I know the worse thing that could happen is being stuck with making a phone call for help.

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    I haven't hitch-hiked since 1978, and no bikes were involved.

    Glad it worked out for you. Maybe the take-away is to ride the tandem.
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    B.Carfree:
    Yes, test rode 'airless' tires about 30 years ago for a company. Worked well on super smooth roads but horrible/bouncey on rougher roads and felt like an earthquake going over cattle guards (if you live out west you know what cattle guards are).

    Have also tried 'scab' glueless patches and was not impressed.
    I always carry one spare tube + patchkit and pump + CO2; but this time that was not good enough.
    Pedal on!
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    So, I guess you'll be ready in another 40 years when it happens again. Huh!
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