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Old 09-27-17, 02:31 PM
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Bad luck on last few rides

My last two weeks has not been good.

The last ride mostly, got 2 flats on the same ride, one a piece of glass, I then hit a raccoon (small thump and I saw them all keep running so maybe just a tail or something), with the delay it was now dark and and shortly after that ran over a large nail. That was not repairable with a patch kit, it went through both sides and on the inner rim side of the tube there was multiple spaced out holes. All in what should have been a 1.5 hour 30 mile ride. I average maybe 1 DNF a year unrelated to storms. I had to be picked up 3 times in two weeks because of unrepairable flats and for the first time ever, had to replace a spoke on a ride (which I also got a flat later on the other wheel on the same ride).

An extra tube is now in my toolkit even though my rides are only about 30 miles and relatively close to home and I've never needed one before.

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Old 09-27-17, 03:45 PM
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could be worse
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Old 09-27-17, 03:48 PM
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I think the raccoon is having a worse day.
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Old 09-27-17, 04:33 PM
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I don't know if you had been dodging karma for a long time and just got caught, or are banking some good fortune for the future ... but Ouch.

At least there was someone around to pick you up---weak consolation I know, but you didn't leave me much to hang a smile on.

Stay out of trouble if you can.
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Old 09-27-17, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by u235 View Post
My last two weeks has not been good.

The last ride mostly, got 2 flats on the same ride, one a piece of glass, I then hit a raccoon (small thump and I saw them all keep running so maybe just a tail or something), with the delay it was now dark and and shortly after that ran over a large nail. That was not repairable with a patch kit, it went through both sides and on the inner rim side of the tube there was multiple spaced out holes. All in what should have been a 1.5 hour 30 mile ride. I average maybe 1 DNF a year unrelated to storms. I had to be picked up 3 times in two weeks because of unrepairable flats and for the first time ever, had to replace a spoke on a ride (which I also got a flat later on the other wheel on the same ride).

An extra tube is now in my toolkit even though my rides are only about 30 miles and relatively close to home and I've never needed one before.
Yeah, that sucks. I typically carry both a tube and a patch kit; a CO2 cartridge and a pump. Belt and suspenders.
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Old 09-27-17, 05:55 PM
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I thought this was a complain after you got dropped.
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Old 09-27-17, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
I thought this was a complain after you got dropped.
Bad title I guess.

Did a ride today with no problems, sad that I consider that an accomplishment..

One of the flats I had was from a RhinoDillo tire liner that split and pinched a large section of the tube. It split in a section that was overlapping. It has about 4 months and 1200 miles on it. I took it out and then the next two rides got two flats. I cut off the bad section of RhinoDillo, smoothed and taped the ends and put it back in. I've always been on the fence with tire liners and still am.
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Old 09-27-17, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
I thought this was a complain after you got dropped.
I was expecting a tale of a massive crash.
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Old 09-27-17, 09:24 PM
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I carry a spare tube, 2 CO2 cartridges, a tool kit, and the Uber app.

I wouldn't bother replacing a spoke on a 30 mile ride, that's for after the ride when I'm in A/C and watching TV and drinking a beer. But good on you. Where do you store spare spokes on your bike?

I got my first flat on my very first shakedown ride on my new CX bike this summer. Less than a mile from my apt. Thought that was a bad sign. Had another one since then, but those darn goat heads are bad here.

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Old 09-27-17, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
could be worse
Yep. I nearly got a four point buck last night on the bike, jumped right out in front of me. Still dunno how I stayed up and didn't hit anything!

At least I would have had an early lead on the chair at Grandmas at Thanksgiving that goes to the biggest deer harvested
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Old 09-27-17, 10:28 PM
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Things I always have for every ride - in my toolbag under my seat: 2 tubes, a patch kit and 2 tire irons. In my wallet: several dollar bills, preferably at least 5 of any denomination. On my bike: a good frame pump.

In 50 years, I have needed beyond this a handful of times. Bought tubes, patch kits and once a tire from bike shops on rides. On really bad day, I lucked out and could buy a 700c presta tube at Fred Meyers 20 miles from home. Both tubes and most of my patches have gotten used a few times. And those dollar bills? Saved my butt more than a few times making really good boots to ride mangled tires home. Walked home several times. I've called for riders, but always for issues bigger than tires and flats.

On your ride, one of those tubes and two or three dollar bills would have gotten you home easily. On more subtle flats, the patches do a very nice job of marking exactly where the flat came from on the tire IF you always put the tire label right at the valve. Now your flat came from exactly where the patch is or exactly the same number of spokes in the other direction from the valve. Only having to search 2 inches of tire for that near microscopic radial tire strand will save you a lot of grief. (That strand will keep giving you flats until you pull it out.)

Flats. More fun to talk about than get and fix and a lot more fun than to get and not be able to fix.

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Old 09-28-17, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Tape2012 View Post
Where do you store spare spokes on your bike?
Taped together inside the seat tube along with a piece of thin gauge steel wire just in case. I did that for a multiday gravel ride a few months ago and still had them there.
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Old 09-28-17, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by u235 View Post
Taped together inside the seat tube along with a piece of thin gauge steel wire just in case. I did that for a multiday gravel ride a few months ago and still had them there.
Bummer. That's where I store my whiskey.
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Old 09-28-17, 05:49 AM
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10 days ago I had an instant explosive front wheel blowout while riding 30mph downhill.

Luckily on a straight. Still have my face intact.

Tyre was a write off as I rode about 50+ metres on it. Rim had some nasty road rash (luckily could be filed off). One of my shoes lost a lot of the sole as I put down that foot to stabilize myself...

Could have been worse.
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Old 09-28-17, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Tape2012 View Post
I carry a spare tube, 2 CO2 cartridges, a tool kit, and the Uber app.

I wouldn't bother replacing a spoke on a 30 mile ride, that's for after the ride when I'm in A/C and watching TV and drinking a beer. But good on you. Where do you store spare spokes on your bike?

I got my first flat on my very first shakedown ride on my new CX bike this summer. Less than a mile from my apt. Thought that was a bad sign. Had another one since then, but those darn goat heads are bad here.
Add to these things boots for tires that can be found in bike shops. Unless a whole section of the tire is blown away, they will easily get you home. The could easily cover the hole made by a very large nail.
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Old 09-28-17, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
I was expecting a tale of a massive crash.
Or a car parked in a bike lane!
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