I am not a bike fan, but instead as my username suggests I am a Model T Fan. For you that don't know what a Model T is, it's an automobile produced from 1908 to 1927 by Ford Motor Company.
I do ride my bike to get exercise. It's a 1981 Free Spirit "Pinnacle" bike. I've been told it's a racing bike, which I guess is the same as a road bike. It has those weird handlebars that I still don't understand and can't get used to.
Anyways I've had problems with the rear tire. When I bought the bike at a garage sale in 2011 and got it for $20, it was in good condition. However, it wasn't a month before I got a flat tire on the front tire and the original 1981 tire/tube in the front had to be changed out. He also changed the 1981 tube in the rear tire also, but didn't change the tire.
The tire lasted until this year when it finally gave up the ghost and almost blown up on my adding air into it. It didn't pop, but the tire and tube was changed to a weird Chinese Tire brand.
Anyways it wasn't a week until the 1st Chinese Tire got a hole in the outer tire and the tube went through it. Even though this sounds like a stupid reason to puncture a tube, I grabbed a sharp paper clip near me and popped the tire. I didn't want it popping.
That tire/tube was changed to another Chinese Garbage Tire. It's been pretty good up until now. Today it was a little low and decided to go over to a friend's house to put air in it (I don't have a pump or air compressor.) I put the recommended 90 pounds in it, and visited with my friend for a few hours until I got back on it.
When I got back on it, I got about two blocks before I suddenly heard a big "BANG!" I was riding my bike down a hill on the sidewalk (the street is dangerous where it popped, so I ride on the sidewalk.) It scared me, but wasn't all that loud and it sounded like those guns they shoot to signal runners to run. I looked down to these kids down the hill from where it happened and they were looking at me. I then knew it wasn't a gun, but thought my tire got punctured.
It got more than a puncture. It had a blowout. You can tell that the tube pushed the tire out and the tube got stuck between the tire and the rim. You could also see the big split in the tube clear as day.
Before I left my friend's house, I made sure that nothing was wrong and that everything was alright and nothing was pinched. Everything checked out fine at his house. I know I put 90 pounds in there because the pump had a gauge on it that said it had 90 pounds. I know there was nothing wrong in the sidewalk/road because my front tire didn't pop.
I didn't see what the tire/tube looked like before it blew. However, I can see where it pushed the tire out and got pinched.
I have a question. I just put air into the tire a few hours before this happens. Nothing's wrong and the tube's not pinched. What could and did go wrong? It also had a little below the maximum tire pressure, which was 90 PSI. I had between 87 and 90 PSI in that tube.
However, when I did see the tube, the tube was bent in like a "V" shape where the valve stem is. But how would this cause a problem?
Also, the guy who installed this is named Chuck and he works in Boonville, Missouri. I personally don't recommend him. The tire's and tubes he's put in it hasn't lasted a year!
Please help! I will get another dude to install the tubes or may install the next ones myself. I will get photos tomorrow.