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Carbo Loading XXXVIII

@jimincalif is slacking.

What is it with me and tires? Lost another one to glass today, I think a chunk of a Grey Goose bottle. I distinctly remember seeing part of a bottle in the street, and about a minute later the rear tire just went dead flat. A slit halfway in the tread and halfway in the sidewall big enough to fit a Sharpie in. Put in a tube and booted it with the only thing I had on hand-- a $20 bill. It got me the 15 miles or so to the LBS to put on a new tire, but the bulge at the cut kept growing the whole way. So let's see if I can remember the year's tally:

Maxxis Padrone TR: 3/8" long glass cut, across center of carcass; ~900 miles
Giant Gavia SL: 1/2" long tear in sidewall from gnarly pothole; ~2,500 miles
Giant Gavia AC1: 3/8" long glass cut, across carcass/sidewall; ~430 miles
Hutchinson Fusion 3: deep, jagged slash lengthwise down carcass-- metal, maybe?; cords cut for sure, it grew and grew on the ride home and was done; ~1,000 miles
Hutchinson Overide: two drywall screws right through the carcass, which ripped themselves some nice 1/8" holes; ~600 miles

The Overides still on the Ritchey have about a dozen "weepers" each, little wet spots from thorn/wire jabs that went all the way through the carcass. So the tubeless is doing it's best. Nevertheless, I've had exactly one tire this year last long enough to actually wear out. I don't get flats. One minute I have a tire, and the next minute that tire is dead.
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@jimincalif is slacking.

What is it with me and tires?
Yeah, I dropped the ball, been a bit busy, thought about it once but then forgot. Good job getting the Roman numerals right, as we've seen, not everyone here can do that!😵

Glad you were able to boot it well enough to get to a shop. I do carry those Park boots on my tubeless bike, figure if I am putting in a tube there is likely enough damage to warrant a boot. See you for Onyx next week?
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@jimincalif is slacking.

What is it with me and tires? Lost another one to glass today, I think a chunk of a Grey Goose bottle. I distinctly remember seeing part of a bottle in the street, and about a minute later the rear tire just went dead flat. A slit halfway in the tread and halfway in the sidewall big enough to fit a Sharpie in. Put in a tube and booted it with the only thing I had on hand-- a $20 bill. It got me the 15 miles or so to the LBS to put on a new tire, but the bulge at the cut kept growing the whole way.
I had this problem some years back, but at the time I didn't know about the dollar bill workaround. So I walked about 2 miles (in Keo cleats) to the LBS. No fun at all - I switched back to SPD pedals after that since the shoes with SPD are much easier to walk in.
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I actually melted a hole in one of my tubeless tires when I was in vegas... fresh asphalt, 110 degree heat "pssssssssss". I was standing on the side of the road huffing and puffing when I heard it, spun the wheel and it quit. Now that's cool!

Those wheels are on my wife's bike now, and those same tires. Pumped 'em up for a ride on memorial day and wouldn't you know it, the previously sealed hole gave way and I guess the sealant was dry, so I had to go add some more sealant. And that's STILl easier and faster than changing a tire.
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Grey goose in Highland? Must have been a tourist.
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Grey goose in Highland? Must have been a tourist.
Not even Highland-- that was between San Bernardino and Devore. I guess Grey Goose doesn't have the cachet it once did if the empties are getting tossed in the street up by Glen Helen Regional.

What I do know is that those high-alcohol Budweisers Platinums are in Inland favorite-- dark blue glass everywhere. At least it's easy to see.
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Got out for 12 miles and did some windtervals in the first six miles. https://www.strava.com/activities/1615743089/overview Did not stop for foo foo coffee, beer, donuts or other snacks. Did stop to drink one of my 24oz water bottles.
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I guess Grey Goose doesn't have the cachet it once did
Eh, French vodka. Why *wouldn't* you throw it all over.
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@jimincalif is slacking.

What is it with me and tires? Lost another one to glass today, I think a chunk of a Grey Goose bottle. I distinctly remember seeing part of a bottle in the street, and about a minute later the rear tire just went dead flat. A slit halfway in the tread and halfway in the sidewall big enough to fit a Sharpie in. Put in a tube and booted it with the only thing I had on hand-- a $20 bill. It got me the 15 miles or so to the LBS to put on a new tire, but the bulge at the cut kept growing the whole way. So let's see if I can remember the year's tally:

Maxxis Padrone TR: 3/8" long glass cut, across center of carcass; ~900 miles
Giant Gavia SL: 1/2" long tear in sidewall from gnarly pothole; ~2,500 miles
Giant Gavia AC1: 3/8" long glass cut, across carcass/sidewall; ~430 miles
Hutchinson Fusion 3: deep, jagged slash lengthwise down carcass-- metal, maybe?; cords cut for sure, it grew and grew on the ride home and was done; ~1,000 miles
Hutchinson Overide: two drywall screws right through the carcass, which ripped themselves some nice 1/8" holes; ~600 miles

The Overides still on the Ritchey have about a dozen "weepers" each, little wet spots from thorn/wire jabs that went all the way through the carcass. So the tubeless is doing it's best. Nevertheless, I've had exactly one tire this year last long enough to actually wear out. I don't get flats. One minute I have a tire, and the next minute that tire is dead.
Sounds like me. I was running Schwalble Pro-One / One tubeless on the Ridley, but was catching the same metal you where. Roofing nails, a box-cutter blade, glass even as I avoided it, and the usual NM goats heads that the sealant just didn't hold up against. That poor frame was fairly sprayed in latex sealant.
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A buddy of mine is a professional detailer, and I asked him what to use to deal with the stupid matte paint on my Cervelo-- he linked me to McKee's 37 Matte Finish Protectant. Amazing. Nothing sticks to it. I can just wipe dried sealant right off.

If anyone here is saddled with a dumb matte finish, spend the money on the McKee's 37. Worth every cent.
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THANKS for the tip, the matte gray on my Pinarello needs some help. And on Amazon!! DOOOOPE
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As long as we're sharing detailing tips... I usually use lemon pledge to clean my frame. It does a passable job at getting grease off and smells nice too.

And for scratches or dull finish areas, NuFinish scratch remover is honestly magic. I bought it for a car we sold, also used it to spiff up my old bianchi and "fixed" an area on my wife's bumper that looked like somebody sanded it down. No clue how it works but it's great, at least on most things.

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Oh, and @jsigone, I put my tubeless ultegra wheels on my Gan last night with 28mm shwalbe pro 1 tires. THEY FIT! My normal 25mm tires on my reynolds wheels measure out at 27mm and these measured exactly 28, so not much difference really.



Lookit all that room!

I hope the wheel is still enough to not move much laterally or I'll be in trouble.
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It's like having one of them old-school wire tire scrapers that bolted onto the brake mount!
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I put my tubeless ultegra wheels on my Gan last night with 28mm shwalbe pro 1 tires. THEY FIT! My normal 25mm tires on my reynolds wheels measure out at 27mm and these measured exactly 28, so not much difference really.

Lookit all that room!

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good to know for when I start taking the Gan on the dirty rides. I just got some GP4k2s last month or so, so when those die I may try 28s next, but the carbones are old tech and like 19mm wide or something like that. Looks like 2mm clearance!! seems legit
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It's probably important to realize that those tires are exactly 28mm on those rims... anything more and you're scuffing paint.

GP4ks tend to run large, if you can believe people who would bother to buy those tires.
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My 25mm GP4Ks measure 28 inflated, but this is on wider HED Belgium rims 23mm external. They're the max I can run on my older Roubaix.
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newer roubaix have gobs of room...

Actually, I think the ultegra brakes on my Gan might be the limiting factor.
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I'll measure the 25s on the carbones to see what they sit at. On the old spinergy Xero wheels they were 27mm
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some cool suffer pics from the Dirty Kanza race
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some cool suffer pics from the Dirty Kanza race
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TEN THOUSAND feet? Dang.

I love that pic of the guy drinking a coke - totally covered in mud but his sunglasses are clean as a whistle.
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that pretty flat to @IBOHUNT standards
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that pretty flat to @IBOHUNT standards
Well, it's not "watch your dog run away all day" but frankly, that's what I though you'd get out of a ride in Kansas.

Of course, RWGPS has it at only 8k, and you know they lie like dogs on fire.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27116847

It probably was "watch your dog run away all day" flat.
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that pretty flat to @IBOHUNT standards
Ah! @IBOHUNT. Wasn't that anything less than 100'/mile was a 'lumpy, not 'hilly'??
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Encountered five other cyclists today ... which is a new record. Most previously was three.

And I averaged 16 mph over the ride today ... which is fast for me. Cripes ... there might really be something to this Zwift thing.
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