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?