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Old 10-10-08, 06:06 PM
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Flashback

I was patching a bike tube yesterday and had this flashback to working in a shell gas station across from Topanga Plaza in the San Fernando Valley when I was 18 and working the graveyard shift by myself, Patching car tire tubes. They weren't tubeless back then! Must have been 1966. I guess that's how I got so good at it. Seems like I remember touching a match to the glue to make it set up better.

I also remember that beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg stopped in his VW bus one night to get gas, I dunno why that has always stuck in my head.

OK, rainy day, no riding, I'm rambling on incoherently.

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Old 10-10-08, 06:14 PM
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OK, rainy day, no riding, I'm rambling on incoherently.

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Maybe you ought to open the windows and let a little air in when you're working with contact cement....
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Maybe you ought to open the windows and let a little air in when you're working with contact cement....
Thank you, that's much better.
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Old 10-10-08, 08:58 PM
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I was promised flash backs but have never had one
I HAVE BEEN CHEATED
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Must be using the wrong tire patch glue
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Old 10-10-08, 09:18 PM
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Yup, I believe it was called a hot patch.

Wow, Allen Ginsberg! He's always been one of my favorite poets; you actually met and talked to him?
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I remember the "hot patches" ...the patches were mounted on tin with a chemical on the other side. One had to clamp the tin to the tube then light the chemical and it melted the patch to the tube. Those were smelley of another variety.
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Yup, I believe it was called a hot patch.

Wow, Allen Ginsberg! He's always been one of my favorite poets; you actually met and talked to him?
Actually I just processed his credit card and filled up his bus with gas, probably washed the windshield, etc. Really not too exciting. I think he said something astounding to me like "fill it up please", or did he say please, I dunno.
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Actually I just processed his credit card and filled up his bus with gas, probably washed the windshield, etc. Really not too exciting. I think he said something astounding to me like "fill it up please", or did he say please, I dunno.
Hmmm, that was back when we could afford to fill it up.
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Ginsberg, wow. A small contact with history. Sort of like being a waiter at a bar in London in 1600 and Shakespeare comes in with his pals and orders a round.

I lived in Berkeley and Oakland back in the 60's. I used to hitchike to San Francisco and wander around North Beach, stopping in at City Lights books, not realizing that Lawrence Ferlinghetti (my favorite beat poet, even back in the 60's) owned the place. Probably rubbed shoulders with Kerouac and didn't even know it...

So, "what would she say to the fantastic foolybear?"

But that was before I started riding a bike. The first Tour of California went through Berkeley in 1971 or so, all these Ford Pintos with bikes on top rolling past Telegraph Avenue. It caught my attention; I said, "what's this? This looks cool."

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Originally Posted by brucewiley View Post
I was patching a bike tube yesterday and had this flashback to working in a shell gas station across from Topanga Plaza in the San Fernando Valley when I was 18 and working the graveyard shift by myself, Patching car tire tubes. They weren't tubeless back then! Must have been 1966. I guess that's how I got so good at it. Seems like I remember touching a match to the glue to make it set up better.
I remember my Dad teaching me to do that with car tubes, too, in the late '60s or early '70s. Smear the glue on the tube, light it with a match and let it burn for a few seconds, then blow it out and put on the patch. It's supposed to make the patch stick better. I've never tried it on a bike tube, though.
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Hmmm, that was back when we could afford to fill it up.
Hmmm, maybe he only asked for $3 worth. Oh, wait, that could have filled it up huh?
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I have kept an old mountain biking magazine from 1992 and have just reread it. Found out why I kept it as it has a write up for the wifes GT Talera and for the 92 Pantera that I bought towards the end of that year. Knowing both these bikes-And in their day they were not bad bikes- I marvel at how they managed to make such rubbish bikes (By todays standards) sound so good. In fact- after reading the report on that Pantera- I must get a test ride on one to find out why the bike is so good.
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