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Old 07-07-18, 12:57 PM
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I picked up a nail on my way home Friday. I quickly changed out the tube to my spare. Just as I got inflated and bent down to remove the pump nozzle from the valve stem, the new tube exploded in my face; the powder from inside temporarily blinded me.

I started walking home when a guy on a nice Specialized offered to give me his spare.

Saved me from walking home,
we should all be so nice!
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Old 07-07-18, 01:21 PM
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on a specialized no less. that is a good human!
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Old 07-07-18, 02:44 PM
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on a specialized no less. that is a good human!
well yeah, I was on a Specialized too. Seems like every 3rd bike in this town is a Specialized.... being as mine is 10 years old and S/S track bike, itís still sufficiently weird
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
I picked up a nail on my way home Friday. I quickly changed out the tube to my spare. Just as I got inflated and bent down to remove the pump nozzle from the valve stem, the new tube exploded in my face; the powder from inside temporarily blinded me.

I started walking home when a guy on a nice Specialized offered to give me his spare.

Saved me from walking home,
we should all be so nice!
Yes!
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Old 07-08-18, 09:30 AM
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FECK ME! Exploded and blinded you (temporarily)??? Never had that happen to me but I've always been uncomfortable when inflating tubes for the first time for this very reason! I also hate it being around balloons as they are being inflated at grocery stores. It's not rational to feel this way, or so I thought...
So, how were you inflating the tire? Any idea why it failed so spectacularly? I'm typically wearing eye protection, but now it's going to be 100% when I'm monkeying around with inflation. You may not have intended for this to be a cautionary tale, but I'm on high alert now...
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So, how were you inflating the tire? Any idea why it failed so spectacularly? ..
Probably pinched the bead on install. No way that a valve issue causes an explosion - just a quick deflate.

I have given guys spare tubes plenty of times. One guy just had a valve that was too short for his rims and couldn't get his pump on it. So I gave him my spare tube and he insisted I take his "too short valve" tube even though I was almost home... you guessed it... I needed it a mile down the road.

Another guy I gave a tube to along with my business card and he mailed me a replacement.
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Old 07-09-18, 10:41 AM
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"Exploded in face" reminds me of the time my wife & I were trying to set up some tubeless tires and I wasn't watching the pressure and I blew a tire off the rim. I was using red glitter as an extra chunkulant, and we were both covered in it. Very lucky actually our eyes weren't injured. We still find individual specks of red glitter all around the house...
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My wife and I were watching a movie at her apartment shortly after we started dating and a tube on my commuter bike just BAM! exploded out of nowhere. Turns out the rim tape had slid to the side at one spot so a spoke nipple was exposed.

Took several hours for the cats to reappear.
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Something similar (with entirely different details) happened to me recently.

Last week I was out at dusk just cruising the neighborhood trying to diagnose what turned out to be a blown bottom bracket.

I was in a parking lot near my house inspecting it when a lady leaving work at that building asked if I needed a ride home (since fixing a bike in a parking lot in the dark isn't a sign that everything is okay). She said she was a regular biker and already had the trunk rack on her car if she could give me a lift somewhere.

I didn't need it. I was only a block from home. But what a hell of a nice thing to offer to a stranger.

People are good!
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People are good!
When it's convenient.

Under all-too-frequent circumstances of stress or self-danger or lack of accountability, people quickly turn monstrous (see Rwandan Genocide, Stanford Prison Experiments, Holocaust, etc etc etc)

When the Zombie Apocalypse hits, people that would have been 'good' in cushier circumstances will be killing each other for food.
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When it's convenient.

Under all-too-frequent circumstances of stress or self-danger or lack of accountability, people quickly turn monstrous (see Rwandan Genocide, Stanford Prison Experiments, Holocaust, etc etc etc)

But on a normal day like we're discussing in this thread, most people are good people.

When the Zombie Apocalypse hits, people that would have been 'good' in cushier circumstances will be killing each other for food.
People turn extraordinarily good in nasty situations too.

Even during the Holocaust, there were some of the best displays of humanity imaginable within the camps. Many prisoners added to their own misery in order to help others in the camps by sharing food with the sick and weaker and various other things. Think of people like Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad. Circumstances weren't exactly great for her...but she put all she had on the line to help others.

When things fall apart, some people go to a very dark place quickly. Some people shine their brightest.

But on a normal day like we're discussing in this thread, most people are good people.

When the Zombie Apocalypse hits though...all bets are off. (Which reminds me....how come no one rides a bike in The Walking Dead? All of the gas would have been stale by now....biking is a hell of a lot more efficient than walking)

Also, props fro your awareness of the Stanford Prison Experiment.
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People turn extraordinarily good in nasty situations too.

Even during the Holocaust, there were some of the best displays of humanity imaginable within the camps. Many prisoners added to their own misery in order to help others in the camps by sharing food with the sick and weaker and various other things. Think of people like Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad. Circumstances weren't exactly great for her...but she put all she had on the line to help others.

When things fall apart, some people go to a very dark place quickly. Some people shine their brightest.

But on a normal day like we're discussing in this thread, most people are good people.

When the Zombie Apocalypse hits though...all bets are off. (Which reminds me....how come no one rides a bike in The Walking Dead? All of the gas would have been stale by now....biking is a hell of a lot more efficient than walking)

Also, props fro your awareness of the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Well, since there's no post mortem on this tire tube catastrophe, and we are tilting headlong into thread-jack, you've reminded me. In The Stand (the book more-so than the movie) bicycles are the primary means of transportation for the protagonist and I always thought it was awesome if a bit idealistic. Obviously the biggest threat to survival during the zombie apocalypse is your fellow man (if you can survive the zombies, that is).

There's something about the breakdown of society in literature that's ripe for imagining the worst impulses of man boiling to the surface. Think about what you've heard about the french revolution, the holocaust, the bolshevik revolution. So what's the plan, prep and protect yourself, or embrace that dark place within yourself? I'm no "prepper" so I may have already made that decision...
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