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Old 10-17-06, 04:38 PM   #1
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The MacGyver Way

please post your stories of roadside improvisation! it may help somebody one of these days.


got a pretty massive flat today.

good size hole. not sure what i ran over, but it went out with a bang, and with the amount of damage the tire took, i couldn't just change the tube and go. so here's what i did.


in order to prevent the new tube from being exposed to the road, i used my garage key to cut up the old one and create a sleeve(two layers) to fit between the road and the naked tube.

wrapped them around the tube...

then installed the tube like normal.


i still didn't inflate the tube to max pressure but enough to get me home without having to worry. it held up great for 20 miles, but the tire is shot.


the real heroes.

i guess i need to cut some pieces off of my old slime liners and stick those in my seat pack just for these occasions.
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Old 10-17-06, 04:41 PM   #2
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Look like you ran over a presta valve... duh! JK, i know its there for reference. Thats a pretty good idea, never had anything crazy like that happen yet... *knocks on wood*
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I usually carry a section of tread from an old tubular to use as a boot. You can also use an old clincher and slice off the beads.

I've also used dollar bills and clif bar wrappers. A piece of tyvek would probably also be effective.
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Old 10-17-06, 04:42 PM   #4
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please post your stories of roadside improvisation! it may help somebody one of these days.


got a pretty massive flat today.

good size hole. not sure what i ran over, but it went out with a bang, and with the amount of damage the tire took, i couldn't just change the tube and go. so here's what i did.


in order to prevent the new tube from being exposed to the road, i used my garage key to cut up the old one and create a sleeve(two layers) to fit between the road and the naked tube.

wrapped them around the tube...

then installed the tube like normal.


i still didn't inflate the tube to max pressure but enough to get me home without having to worry. it held up great for 20 miles, but the tire is shot.


the real heroes.

i guess i need to cut some pieces off of my old slime liners and stick those in my seat pack just for these occasions.


Way to improvise.
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Old 10-17-06, 04:43 PM   #5
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I just carry one dollar bills to use as a boot if needed. In the past, I have handed out one dollar bills to other cylists in trouble! Reminds me, a few of those guys out there owe me a buck!

I had a large sidewall cut and the dollar helped me get back 10 miles. Of course I used low tire pressure. 120 would have blown the dollar right out of the tire.
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Old 10-17-06, 04:44 PM   #6
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please post your stories of roadside improvisation! it may help somebody one of these days.
Well, so far, fortunately for me and for my being female I guess, knights-in-shiny-jersey-armor have always aided in dire situations (I got my arm warmers caught and wedged in my crank - thank goodness I was going uphill at the time! - and a male cyclist I was with pulled it out and straightened the crank and chain using brute force). Although I have changed my own flats several times - but nothing needed other than the usual tools.
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Old 10-17-06, 04:48 PM   #7
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I did cut up a Slime Liner into small little pieces and always have a couple in my seatbag.
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Nice repair job!

BTW, the irony of getting a flat from a presta valve is killing me. Of all the things that could possibly give you a flat!
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My worst flat situation like that was Day 1 of the San Diego AYH Christmas bike ride about 3 or 4 years ago-- the ride starts at 9 am but I always have my GF drop our luggage with the transport truck and then come get me at the airport (flying in from the midwest) at around 10:30. We're usually on the road by 11 and we catch up in Pine Valley (already catching stragglers by Alpine).

So we're rolling along and I suddenly have a flat. Not just a flat, but a huge sidewall tear shaped like an L (in a nearly brand new tire). A dollar bill was barely sufficient to cover the hole, so I got about 20-30 psi into it to keep the rim off the ground and we continued on, keeping an eye out for a bike shop and staring at the aneurysm in my tire. Apparently they were all behind us, because we didn't see any. The sag was probably a couple hours ahead of us, and wouldn't come looking until 5 pm or so, and we didnt have a cell phone.

As we came out of mission trails park and rolled into Santee, we saw a rider ahead going kind of slow. We followed him into a Jack in the Box parking lot, ready to buy a tire off of his bike. It turned out he was at the end of his ride and his truck was right there, with a new spare tire in the box in the bed. It turned out to be a pretty nice tire he'd gotten off a sale table and he gave it to me for $10, and then gave us a ride about 10 miles up so we'd be able to ride the rest of the way in before dark.
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Well, so far, fortunately for me and for my being female I guess, knights-in-shiny-jersey-armor have always aided in dire situations (I got my arm warmers caught and wedged in my crank - thank goodness I was going uphill at the time! - and a male cyclist I was with pulled it out and straightened the crank and chain using brute force). Although I have changed my own flats several times - but nothing needed other than the usual tools.
I wanna hear how you got your arm warmers caught in the crank?
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Old 10-17-06, 05:32 PM   #11
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I wanna hear how you got your arm warmers caught in the crank?
By being a big 'ol dork and tying them to the back of my bike up under the seat bag. Note to everyone, do not assume that even if you tied something in a knot that it will stay! Had I been going downhill at 35mph... !
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By being a big 'ol dork and tying them to the back of my bike up under the seat bag. Note to everyone, do not assume that even if you tied something in a knot that it will stay! Had I been going downhill at 35mph... !
Wow, yeah, that could have been bad.

I have not had anything too dramatic, broke a shifter cable once, tied the remaining cable onto my bottle cage so it would stay in the middle ring to make getting home easier. I have had field boots a few times. Being the cheap %@($% that I am, I didn't use the famed dollar bill but just picked up a piece of roadside cardboard. Little stuff like that.
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please post your stories of roadside improvisation! it may help somebody one of these days.


got a pretty massive flat today.

good size hole. not sure what i ran over, but it went out with a bang, and with the amount of damage the tire took, i couldn't just change the tube and go. so here's what i did.


in order to prevent the new tube from being exposed to the road, i used my garage key to cut up the old one and create a sleeve(two layers) to fit between the road and the naked tube.

wrapped them around the tube...

then installed the tube like normal.


i still didn't inflate the tube to max pressure but enough to get me home without having to worry. it held up great for 20 miles, but the tire is shot.


the real heroes.

i guess i need to cut some pieces off of my old slime liners and stick those in my seat pack just for these occasions.
dang, you're good
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(I got my arm warmers caught and wedged in my crank - thank goodness I was going uphill at the time! - and a male cyclist I was with pulled it out and straightened the crank and chain using brute force)
M.E.... I really hope your arm wasn't in it at the time
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By being a big 'ol dork and tying them to the back of my bike up under the seat bag. Note to everyone, do not assume that even if you tied something in a knot that it will stay! Had I been going downhill at 35mph... !
Everybody knows you're supposed to tie them around your neck.
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Everybody knows you're supposed to tie them around your neck.
Really? Cause now I either tie them around my handle bars or stuff them in my bra. Either way, there is plenty of room to store them without fear of them falling down into my crank again.
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If they untie from your handlebars they could drop into your front wheel and make you really unhappy.

Don't you have jersey pockets? I guess a lot of jerseys for girls don't--do the clothing makers think you're supposed to carry a purse on your bike or something?
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bitingduck, maybe that's why so many of the SoCal girls have handlebar bags. By the way, nice avatar. Is that from your webcam?

Umm... I'm not exactly an expert on bra fitting, but if you can stuff arm warmers into a bra, doesn't that mean that you're wearing the wrong size bra?

I haven't had any need for MacGyver style repairs yet, so no funny stories from me.
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Umm... I'm not exactly an expert on bra fitting, but if you can stuff arm warmers into a bra, doesn't that mean that you're wearing the wrong size bra?
According to this article, 70%-85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.
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It's from a regular digital camera. One of the guys (he's a local track rider here) over on FGF offered to make avatars for people now that the track season is winding down and he's got some time. I sent him some big pics of ducks and he made that and a few others.
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bitingduck, maybe that's why so many of the SoCal girls have handlebar bags. By the way, nice avatar. Is that from your webcam?

Umm... I'm not exactly an expert on bra fitting, but if you can stuff arm warmers into a bra, doesn't that mean that you're wearing the wrong size bra?

I haven't had any need for MacGyver style repairs yet, so no funny stories from me.
I didn't put my handlebar bag on my new bike. Trying to minimize. However, I'm finding that I don't like stuffing my jersey pockets. It's distracting! So I think the handlebar bag is on it's way back into play.
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maybe that's why so many of the SoCal girls have handlebar bags.
We have handlebar bags so we can stop at AM/PM and get a diet dr. pepper on the way back to preschool.
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I worked at Sam Woo in a previous life and I was always ooked out when I had to go into the walk in fridge to get wine and there were ducks hanging in there.
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