... it might as well happen at a bike shop!
This morning I did a ~40 R/T mile ride into Seattle, and on the way back I stopped in at Gregg's Cycle in Greenlake to pick up a couple goodies. I brought my bike in and set it near the counter. As I was wandering around the store perusing the shelves, a cannon went off. Well, that's what it sounded like anyway! Pretty much freaked out everybody in the store! People were looking around trying to figure out where the explosion had come from. I looked at my bike, and the front tire was shredded. Just bizarre! I've been riding the snot out of that bike for the last couple months, including 20+ miles just before entering the store, and the tire decides to explode while the bike is leaning up against the counter!
Worked out great though, they had the exact tire in stock, mounted her up while I grabbed a bite to eat, then I was off again.
So, any ideas why a tire would choose to blow at a time like that? Looked like the blow originated at the sidewall right next to the rim.