Jen, did you ever solve your noise issue? Too lazy to go back through the entire volume of posts.
Just came in from viewing the Perseids Meteor Shower. Set up our chairs at the top of the hill behind our house and saw dozens of meteors streak across the northeastern sky over the course of about an hour and a half.
Razor was right about something!
After I unsuccessfully attempted to patch my double puncture tube (it exploded), I patched another used tube. Again, the patching seemed to work, but the project was a fail due to a valve issue (too short).
So to summarize I wasted two patches, spent time messing with two tubes, and in the end I broke down and opened a fresh tube.
I felt so defeated.
Speaking of defeated. I need to mount that new tire and patch a tube before my ride tomorrow.
The patched tube will be my new spare. We'll see how much air I can get out of the bugger.