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What are these things? Wire cage over tires.

Old 03-21-22, 11:59 AM
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What are these things? Wire cage over tires.

Hello Friends. I am restoring a 1985 Dave Scott Centurion, everything but the stem looks to be original and so far the parts are in great shape. The bike came with these wire things over both tires--any idea what they are and what purpose they served?



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Tire savers....to keep debris off of tires that may cause a puncture. Sometimes they work other times.....
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Knuckledusters

Icebreakers

Something to pntificate about when someone asks, "is that a steel bike?"

Something towards which to point and say "I'll betcha don't have one o'these."

1 of the 3 best items to come from BF members;
tire savers-rootboy?
tubular/tool bags-HenryIII?
Innicycle adapters-joejack51?

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Many bikes sporting those also had a Flickstand, as I recall.
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AKA glass catchers, nail pullers ... Common around the non-racing sewup crowd of the 1970s. Make a mess of the bike, especially on one's without fenders and installing with fenders was its own challenge, but they do save a good percentage of flats and at the sewup cost to weekly paycheck ratio for many 50 years ago, worthwhile. (Also provided the "oops. I just ran over glass" tire wipe that is impossible for most of us using fenders.)
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if set to skim the surface of the tyre, they were able to flick the flint or glass before the tyre rotated and caused the flint or glass to be embedded on further rotations.
They had been around for decades, with some nicer designs seen here
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And not that it matters now, that back one is installed backwards.

Ever seen one wad up?
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Originally Posted by Big Block View Post
if set to skim the surface of the tyre, they were able to flick the flint or glass before the tyre rotated and caused the flint or glass to be embedded on further rotations.
They had been around for decades, with some nicer designs seen here
Damn, those French designs are always sweet. I'd put those Pelessiers on my bikes even if they didn't work.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post

Ever seen one wad up?
Off topic, I had an Esge front mudguard 'wad up' and send me over the bars. Unbelievably, it didn't break and I was able to massage it back into usable condition, albeit fugly.

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Damn, those French designs are always sweet. I'd put those Pelessiers on my bikes even if they didn't work.
I have a set of these that will go on my Hobbs Blue Riband.
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Originally Posted by Bianchi84 View Post
Many bikes sporting those also had a Flickstand, as I recall.
if one lives in goat head thorn country, common.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
And not that it matters now, that back one is installed backwards.

Ever seen one wad up?
No, the back one is correct. It is the front one that is installed backwards.
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No, the back one is correct. It is the front one that is installed backwards.
Doh! my brain transposed it.
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I remember when i was a kid, my very old neighbor's bike had those. His bike was the one with very large wheels and he stands on the left side with his left foot on the pedal, while he uses his right foot to scoot the bike to take off, then he sits on the saddle. It has "foot brake" too...

That front one will cause ( hopefully not ) an accident ...
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FYI

https://www.renehersecycles.com/tire-wipers/
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Scott used to be the maker for Rene Herse/Compass.
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Ahh. Now it all makes sense.
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I've always known them as sticker flickers. Replaced by modern belted tire formulations.
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There are a couple of pairs of them in the current box-o-crap.
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Thumb print savers. I would "glove" the tires on my bike whenever I rode thru broken glass. Unfortunately on one occasion I went to glove the front tire, palm just in front of brake, and my thumb got sucked up from behind the fork and under the fork crown pinned between tire and crown. Left hand went to front brake lever, an ackward move seeing as my other thumb was stuck. Slowly came to a stop. Smell of burning flesh. My thumb was black and bleeding. Hurt like hell. I was 7-8 miles from home. Brutal ride home. No finger print on my thumb anymore.
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Sometimes you come to a thread and learn something not what you were expecting. I did not know rootboy had passed. So sorry to her that, you are correct, his contributions were enormous.
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Thumb print savers. I would "glove" the tires on my bike whenever I rode thru broken glass. Unfortunately on one occasion I went to glove the front tire, palm just in front of brake, and my thumb got sucked up from behind the fork and under the fork crown pinned between tire and crown. Left hand went to front brake lever, an ackward move seeing as my other thumb was stuck. Slowly came to a stop. Smell of burning flesh. My thumb was black and bleeding. Hurt like hell. I was 7-8 miles from home. Brutal ride home. No finger print on my thumb anymore.
I was going to point out that I used to glove mine instead of paying for the tire scrapers; luckily for me I never experienced "thumb suck"....
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