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Old 05-20-15, 08:56 AM
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New York Granfondo DNF







We will try again next year, DNF but enjoyed NYC.

Blew out both wheels, more potholes than I have ever seen.

This is how it went down:

1.) Ride from hotel to the start, wet roads one rider slides on a bridge expansion joint, goes down with a very bad cut on his face. We help him and two riders take him back to the hotel.

2.) Mass start, I am way back among the 3,000 group.

3.) Start of the ride, I am like spaghetti, waving my way through the crowd making good progress. Good rider comes flying past me, I take his wheel and we are flying through the masses.

4.) Above rider flicks his bike sideways to avoid a manhole cover with a nice recess, I hit it water bottle goes flying. Looking down for a second at the bottle, when I look up I have to brake for corner on a fast wet downhill. Rear slides out, I know I am not going to make it and squeeze through two riders, but make it.

5.) A train of riders come by, I hook into the train.

6.) Second train comes flying by, I hook into the second train.

7.) Down hill, about 50mph close to the back of the train, we hit a massive pothole, second water bottle goes flying, both my wheels flat.

8.) Got the back fixed with a new tube in about 5 minutes, front trying to find the hole to patch. Run out of CO2 cartridges and gave up.

9.) Aboput 8 cyclists pulled off with the same issue, I could not help them, they could not help me. Called the wife to come pick me up and that was 20 miles of 100.

Next year.

In the mean time, I guess I have to either give up on CO2 cartidges or find out what I am doing wrong. Second device failed after first use. I guess the trick is not to freeze things up and blow seals?

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Bummer

FWIW I've been on tubeless for several years at this point. The new tires are pretty phenomenal (running IRC Roadlite 25's). They aren't indestructible but my flat per mile ratio is pretty amazing (no flats this year, one last year, wore several tires out without flatting), and I've yet to pinch flat ever, despite hitting the odd pothole. You can still stick a tube in them if you do flat.

Might be worth considering.
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[MENTION=95878]Racer Ex[/MENTION]: thanks again for the IRC suggestion. I am loving them but have the itch to try their lighter option, esp. for my state HC in the fall.
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I've been running the Racelite's on a set of carbon 23's. So far, so good, slightly different feel from the 25's but traction is there.
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I have the IRC tubeless (25MM, don't remember the model) on my Mavic Cosmic Carbones. They aren't heavy, quite light in fact, and give an excellent ride, great grip, and are bomb (and pothole) proof. Racer Ex mounted them for me. One of the best purchases I've ever made for any bike.
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Originally Posted by ColnagoC40
................................I guess I have to either give up on CO2 cartidges or find out what I am doing wrong. Second device failed after first use. I guess the trick is not to freeze things up and blow seals?
Simple solution is a compact pump/CO2 combo. Initial inflate with pump, check for pinches and a good seat then finish off with CO2. 130psi easy on my 23mm with 12gr cartridge.
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That does suck OP but it's odd that the NYGF didn't offer any support vehicles? EDIT: saw after post it was last year. Still, I did the Florida GF earlier this year and had to pull over to clear debris from my rear derailleur and had two guys in different support vehicle asked if I needed help.

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