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Old 06-28-09, 02:06 PM
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Nice flat

Cloudy, cool and just a slight drizzle helped make todays' ride the best of the season. Pushed hard for 2 1/2 hours and still felt strong when I finished. Showered then had lunch, just finishing the dishes when I heard a loud pop followed by a good hissssss. Front tire flatted while the bike was resting in the living room, couldn't be a better spot to fix a flat. Sometimes timing is everything.
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Old 06-28-09, 03:45 PM
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You were lucky to hear the pop and ssssssss, usually we're denied that wee pleasure and just get stuck with having to fix the sodding thing.

I rode to work the other day. Wandered into the bike room at morning tea time and the rear tyre was flat. Snarled a bit. Started to pull it out at lunch time but the wheel was filthy (wet ride in) and I was in my good work clothes and I was tired and ... so I woosed out and got my son to pick me up after work. I'm glad I did. The cause was a tiny fragment of glass a little smaller than a grain of sugar that took about fifteen minutes of digging with a spike (end of a corkscrew as it happens) to get out.

Sometimes it pays to trust that 'lazy' instinct.

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You were lucky to hear the pop and ssssssss, usually we're denied that wee pleasure and just get stuck with having to fix the sodding thing.

I rode to work the other day. Wandered into the bike room at morning tea time and the rear tyre was flat. Snarled a bit. Started to pull it out at lunch time but the wheel was filthy (wet ride in) and I was in my good work clothes and I was tired and ... so I woosed out and got my son to pick me up after work. I'm glad I did. The cause was a tiny fragment of glass a little smaller than a grain of sugar that took about fifteen minutes of digging with a spike (end of a corkscrew as it happens) to get out.

Sometimes it pays to trust that 'lazy' instinct.

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Fortunately, the corkscrew can also be used to help mend the pain.
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Old 06-28-09, 07:04 PM
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If it went 'pop' then it was probably self-induced. So you can say it was good timing, but it would have been better to have seated the tire properly the first time and not had the flat at all.
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Old 06-29-09, 07:51 AM
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If it went 'pop' then it was probably self-induced. So you can say it was good timing, but it would have been better to have seated the tire properly the first time and not had the flat at all.
Nice of you to ASSume the cause. It was from a sharp object that entered just off center of the tread (nice little rip in the tread), the puzzling (and great) thing was why it waited to blow till long after the puncture.
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Old 06-29-09, 08:41 AM
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Nice of you to ASSume the cause. .
That's what I was thinking!

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It's just a theory that fits the facts as published. Unless there are even more facts that you're withholding. In addition to, "I heard a loud pop followed by a good hissssss," we've now learned that there was a "rip in the tread." Losing a chunk of rubber out of the tread wouldn't affect the integrity of the tire. Was the Sharp Thingie(tm) still in the tire? Were the cords cut?

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If it went 'pop' then it was probably self-induced. So you can say it was good timing, but it would have been better to have seated the tire properly the first time and not had the flat at all.
Don't those improperly mounted tires usually go BANG!! when the bead unseats? Anyway, that's what happened some years ago when "a friend" let the tube get under the bead when "they" mounted the tire.
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The answer is 42... If you want a better answer, you need to ask a better question.
Wrong, the answer is "0". As there was no question asked to begin with.
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Nice of you to ASSume the cause. It was from a sharp object that entered just off center of the tread (nice little rip in the tread), the puzzling (and great) thing was why it waited to blow till long after the puncture.
A couple weeks ago I pumped up my tires in preparation for the club ride later. I went inside to grab a bite to eat, and *BOOM* from outside. Not a puncture, not seated wrong (just doesn't happen with tubulars), but a casing failure. The casing separated under the tread, the tube squeezed through, BOOM!
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Old 06-30-09, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
It's just a theory that fits the facts as published. Unless there are even more facts that you're withholding. In addition to, "I heard a loud pop followed by a good hissssss," we've now learned that there was a "rip in the tread." Losing a chunk of rubber out of the tread wouldn't affect the integrity of the tire. Was the Sharp Thingie(tm) still in the tire? Were the cords cut?
I didn't give much information about the details of the flat because I wasn't really trying to get input as to why the tire flatted, I know why, rather I was trying to communicate how fortuitous it was that the flat waited till I was home to fully show itself by then deflating the tire. I'm not sure but I think maybe you missed the point. Its easier to fix a flat in your living room than it is out on the road in a drizzle. Thats what made it a "nice flat".
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One of the better ways to get a flat I would say, now I am going to stop reading so I don't get a flat on today's ride.
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Old 06-30-09, 07:27 AM
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I didn't give much information about the details of the flat . . .
Yes, exactly. That is the problem. How do you expect us show how smart we are are if you do not fully cooperate with raw material?
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This all reminds me of a conversation I had with an ex-girlfriend many years ago. She had complained about a problem she had that day at work and so I offered some advice on how to solve the problem. She looked at me for a minute and asked me why I always do that, I didn't know what she was talking about and she informed me that every time she mentioned a problem she had I always gave her my (unsolicited) advice on how to solve the problem. She said she didn't ask for any advice and knew how to solve the problems herself. So I asked her why she was telling me of the problems at all if she didn't want any advice on how to solve them. She said she thought that since we were in a relationship, that I might actually be interested to hear how her day went. She felt that I wasn't interested in listening but only solving problems. Since then I've tried to just give advice when its asked for.

The reason I am reminded of this is because I thought fellow bike enthusiasts might be interested in hearing a story about an odd but nice flat tire.
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There is no such thing as a nice flat. Just to be clear. Some are just worse than others.
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This all reminds me of a conversation I had with an ex-girlfriend many years ago. She had complained about a problem she had that day at work and so I offered some advice on how to solve the problem. She looked at me for a minute and asked me why I always do that, I didn't know what she was talking about and she informed me that every time she mentioned a problem she had I always gave her my (unsolicited) advice on how to solve the problem. She said she didn't ask for any advice and knew how to solve the problems herself. So I asked her why she was telling me of the problems at all if she didn't want any advice on how to solve them. She said she thought that since we were in a relationship, that I might actually be interested to hear how her day went. She felt that I wasn't interested in listening but only solving problems. Since then I've tried to just give advice when its asked for.

The reason I am reminded of this is because I thought fellow bike enthusiasts might be interested in hearing a story about an odd but nice flat tire.
Ex-girlfriend would be the operative phrase.
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Not completely relevent, but not completely off topic I hope

I was exchanging messages with my brother the other evening. He got a puncture on a brand new motorcycle, I expressed sympathy and said I'd been lucky enough not to have a motorcycle puncture for the last 20 years or so, he said that I didn't get them because he'd got them all, and gave a list of a LOT of 'em.

Made me think (which is not a good thing for a chap to do)

Does he really believe that there's a finite and unequally distributed number of global punctures? If so, I've got trouble ahead

And if so, is it only about punctures in the pneumatic tyres on 2 wheelers, or does it apply to any unplanned gas leaks? If so, I'll be ok for lots more sprouts and baked beans with impunity.

Sorry to intrude. Back to normal service.
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