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Fail on today's ride

Old 09-22-18, 07:55 PM
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Fail on today's ride

So, I made a couple mistakes heading out on today's ride:

1) Forgot to bring my phone and wallet. (forgot that I forgot them also)
2) Forgot to check my supply bag.

About 11 miles into my ride going westbound on the Katy Trail, I heard a sudden hissing sound. White shard of glass or sharp rock sticking out of the rear tire. There's no one around. I realize at this time that I have no phone, no money, no nearby access to anything useful, and no spare tube or patches, but I did have my pump. I ransacked my bag to see what I did have. Nothing that would help. Then I looked at my bars, and saw how I had stabilized the mount for my headlight with a bunch of electrical tape. Not getting too optimistic, I unwrapped the tape, affixed it to my helmet to keep it clean of dust, flipped the bike over, took off the rear wheel, expecting to see a big gash. But the tube wasn't totally shot. I licked the punctured part of the tube and dried it on my clothes, and applied a nice big "X" of electrical tape to the tube. Inflated it till I thought it might have 25psi or so...trying to hit that sweet spot where the tire has enough air to do its job (25 x 2.0), but not so much that the air leaks out between the tube and patch. Somehow this worked out well enough that I was able to ride home, though a little slowly as every revolution of the rear tire there was a distinct thump every time the taped spot, which couldn't stretch, rolled over the ground. I probably could have gone faster, but didn't feel like pushing it.
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Old 09-22-18, 08:00 PM
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Doesn't sound like a fail to me. Sounds like being resourceful.
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Old 09-22-18, 08:02 PM
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I did something similar once. I had a 3rd flat, after using 2 spare tubes, and found some scrap plastic litter.
I wrapped it around the leak multiple times, and it worked perfectly. Held air for several days
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Old 09-22-18, 08:07 PM
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There is one more desperate trick: Tie a knot in the inner tube where the puncture is. It ain't pretty, but it might get you home when all else fails.
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Old 09-22-18, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by doctor morbius View Post
doesn't sound like a fail to me. Sounds like being resourceful.
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Old 09-22-18, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mark vermurlen View Post

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Old 09-22-18, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Doesn't sound like a fail to me. Sounds like being resourceful.
Definitely MacGyvered that one!
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Old 09-22-18, 09:20 PM
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Old 09-22-18, 09:31 PM
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You did well dude. Happy for ya.
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Old 09-22-18, 09:40 PM
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Rube would also approve, not just MacGyver
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Old 09-22-18, 11:53 PM
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Note to self:
Wrap a foot or so of electrical tape around seat tube.
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Is it better to carry inner tubes or patch kit? Right now I carry one inner tube only.
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Old 09-23-18, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by dahoneezz View Post
Is it better to carry inner tubes or patch kit? Right now I carry one inner tube only.
I prefer tubes. Faster to replace a tube than to patch. Also, some punctures may not be repairable, others can be hard to find.
I carry some self-adhesive patches for multiple flats. My preferred option is to replace roadside, then repair at home.
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quick good fix isnt a fail.


Pack away a new tube with a tube of cement. When a blow out happens, use the new tube & stow away the old holed tube....
If the new tube goes south, use the cement with a piece from the old tube to patch the once new tube with hole.

it's a twofer.
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Old 09-23-18, 05:20 AM
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What do tubes taste like? And why would you lick one?
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Very clever! All my bikes have inner tubes and patch kits in the saddle bags, but sometimes the unused tubes get old and break, and sometimes the glue is dried out. I also like the "knotty" solution.
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Old 09-23-18, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by dahoneezz View Post
Is it better to carry inner tubes or patch kit? Right now I carry one inner tube only.
2 tubes
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Originally Posted by bcpriess View Post
Then I looked at my bars, and saw how I had stabilized the mount for my headlight with a bunch of electrical tape. I licked the punctured part of the tube and dried it on my clothes, and applied a nice big "X" of electrical tape to the tube.
I love that solution! That has to be one of the most resourceful roadside repair stories I've heard.
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Old 09-23-18, 07:13 AM
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That's not a fail, that's a success story.
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Old 09-23-18, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
And why would you lick one?
To make them clean so the tape can stick...Some tubes have talcum powder residue on them and it's impossible for anything to stick to them...That's why it's highly recommended that the punctured tube be scuffed and roughened with sandpaper before gluing a patch on, if you don't roughen it the patch won't stick properly.
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Fail was turning the bike upside down. There isn't a reason in the world to do this. Ruins the saddle.
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To make them clean so the tape can stick...
I can think of a few other ways, like, say water from a bottle or putting saliva on my finger. Liking a tube is just nasty.
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I will go for a compromise. I will carry one tube and one patch kit. I am hoping if I get a puncture, it will only be one for the day. My rides are not epic. Max is around 40 kilometers. Hopefully, any patching will be done at home and the old blown tube can be re-use again.
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Old 09-23-18, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by dahoneezz View Post
Is it better to carry inner tubes or patch kit? Right now I carry one inner tube only.
Both. I carry 1 tube for each size wheel (tandem and 1 of my singles has 20"/406 front and 26"/559 rear wheels) and self-adhesive patches.
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