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Old 10-08-08, 06:42 AM   #1
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Conti GP4000S no match for mowers and weedeaters

The county decided to cut the grass along a suburban road near Atlanta yesterday.
I'm on my way home from my usual weekday ride and come across the mowers. I'm on a two lane road and just crossing an interstate overpass. There's a car beside me and 4 cars behind that car, so I'm riding on the shoulder. I saw the mowers just as I get to the end of the overpass. There's always a lot of trash on the shoulder but usually its only paper, plastic bags, etc.
As I rode past the mower I noticed 4 guys with weedeaters cutting the 3' high grass around signs and bushes. At the same time I hear the sound of "stuff" being thrown in my direction. Before I could stop to walk the bike through this "stuff" I hear a small "pow" and then hissing as the front wheel turned. Oh crap!!!
I stopped, got off the bike, and walked past this activity until I could cross the street where I saw a shady spot to repair the flat.
Got that taken care of and rode away. I'm well past the mowers and weedeaters but about 100' later I hear a loud "pow" and bump, bump from the rear. Stopped, got off and checked the tire. Thought about patching it since I used the spare tube on the front. Called my wife to come and get me when I saw a small cut in the sidewall. I guess this happened about the same time as the front flat.
What really makes me mad is these tires are only 6 weeks old The front tire is ok but I'm going to have to investigate the possibility of patching the rear tire on the inside. Tossing a new $56 tire does not sound appealing.
Usually I get a flat every 1500-2000 miles with GP4000S. This set got MUCH LESS.

Moral of the story: When you see the county mowers, IMMEDIATELY STOP, get off and walk the bike carefully through or around the area, inspect your tires, then continue riding. The mowers and weedeaters are throwing dangerous crap right at your tires!


Anyone had success in patching a tire on the inside?
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Old 10-08-08, 06:58 AM   #2
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Better yet, stop, shoulder the bike, then walk through the debris field.
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Glass. Mowers shatter bottles and the glass gets mixed in with the grass clippings on the road.

I've had it happen to me.

I will cross over to the opposite side of the road when approaching mowers until I pass by.

BTW, Hi Ron
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Yeah, that sucks. Happened to me and the wife a few months ago. She flatted so we stopped. I did inspect her other tire too. Fine so we mount the bikes to continue. Then I realize I have a flat too
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two wheels on the bike, so two spare tubes in the pack. Makes it easy to remember.
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two wheels on the bike, so two spare tubes in the pack. Makes it easy to remember.
As I said in my original post, I average 1500-2000 miles between flats so I carry one tube. I've given it to a stranded cyclist on more than one occasion. This is the first time I've ever had two flats. Two tubes means a larger seat pack 'cause the one I have is full.
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Glass. Mowers shatter bottles and the glass gets mixed in with the grass clippings on the road.

I've had it happen to me.

I will cross over to the opposite side of the road when approaching mowers until I pass by.

BTW, Hi Ron
Hi Sam. Long time no see. I look for your truck every time I ride out to Stn Mtn.
How is Samantha? Got her on a trail-a-bike?
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Hi Sam. Long time no see. I look for your truck every time I ride out to Stn Mtn.
How is Samantha? Got her on a trail-a-bike?
I do have the trail a bike and she sometimes goes with me. Mostly to yellow river park. She likes the fast downhills.

I have a green z71 chevy truck now with a white camper shell so it is easy to spot. Don't make it to the park very much. Ride close to home mostly. When do you get out there?
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I wish it would have gotten a tire. In June a big tractor mounetd mowere threw a rock that nailed me in the chest. Just about put the bike on the ground!! I thought I was belleding. Got the bike back under control, got my self under control on the side of the road. Off came the jersey on hell of a welt but no blood.
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She likes the fast downhills.
Better watch out. She'll be on the cover of a cycling magazine before long.

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When do you get out there?
I wrench part-time at Intown Bicycles in Virginia-Highland three half days a week. I'll be 64 in two months.
I ride out to SM about 4 days a week. Not as fast as I was when we'd ride together.
Been riding with Crank Brothers Quattro pedals for the past 2+ years. Seems Quattros are great for easy clipping in but don't work the legs muscles (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it ). Just switched back to Look Keo about 3 weeks ago. I'm starting to get a little faster.
Maybe I'll see you on one of my rides out there.
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