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Longest distance ridden on a flat tire

Old 04-09-24, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
Why is it no surprise that we finally got to this? Your trollness is showing again.
It's a grand arc from one of his first posts about grubbing tubes from other people.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Yet it was your judgment that caused the problem in the first place.
you know, lots of people ride back tires until they start killing tubes. Looks can be deceiving. Some people even think that tire manufacturers deliberately design tires to start showing noticeable wear and splits in the treads long before the structural areas are damaged, so people replace them more often.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Some people even think ...
Translation: "I think ..."
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Originally Posted by genejockey
and because my spare tube's valve stem was too short
relatable.

I donít like longer than the 60s cause Iím paranoid they will break off and I think they look kinda silly, but I keep getting burned by unexpected deeper wheels. Iíve been thinking of getting the 80s instead as my go-to but I canít help but think that they will get broken off on normal wheels, so much exposed. Some bs on the road will get it.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
you know, lots of people ride back tires until they start killing tubes. Looks can be deceiving. Some people even think that tire manufacturers deliberately design tires to start showing noticeable wear and splits in the treads long before the structural areas are damaged, so people replace them more often.
Stop this nonsense.

The tire in your picture was obviously bad.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
relatable.

I donít like longer than the 60s cause Iím paranoid they will break off and I think they look kinda silly, but I keep getting burned by unexpected deeper wheels. Iíve been thinking of getting the 80s instead as my go-to but I canít help but think that they will get broken off on normal wheels, so much exposed. Some bs on the road will get it.
If something breaks off a valve stem, which rides in the same plane as the spokes, I suspect the sudden loss of air will be the least of your problems.

I run only 60s now, because I have ONE (1) saddle bag that I move from bike to bike for all 10 bikes.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
you know, lots of people ride back tires until they start killing tubes. Looks can be deceiving. Some people even think that tire manufacturers deliberately design tires to start showing noticeable wear and splits in the treads long before the structural areas are damaged, so people replace them more often.
Lots of people do lots of stupid ****. Is that something to emulate?
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
relatable.

I don’t like longer than the 60s cause I’m paranoid they will break off and I think they look kinda silly, but I keep getting burned by unexpected deeper wheels. I’ve been thinking of getting the 80s instead as my go-to but I can’t help but think that they will get broken off on normal wheels, so much exposed. Some bs on the road will get it.
But you are fine riding with a tire the tube is almost certainly going to blow out from. You are scared to use stems longer than 60 but are thinking of using 80 mm stems. (They’d only break if you were careless/incompetent.)

The drugs go far to explain this stupidity.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
you know, lots of people ride back tires until they start killing tubes. Looks can be deceiving. Some people even think that tire manufacturers deliberately design tires to start showing noticeable wear and splits in the treads long before the structural areas are damaged, so people replace them more often.
Howíd that work out for you?

Iím having a ďForest GumpĒ moment, if you know what I mean.
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I really enjoyed this morning read.

Thank you to those who have participated!
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Larry's long troll here on BF can give us a laugh, a cringe or just annoy us but it highlights an uneasy reality. Nearly half the population has intelligence below average. Ponder that with the usual percentages of true derangement and it's amazing we can function as a society. So thanks Larry (and a few others) for reducing these universal issues into the nutshell of BF.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
My back tube popped (tire is worn out so not going to try and replace tube) right as I was leaving work, I have to ride 6.5 miles home and then another 6.5 miles back to work before I can realistically fix it. I donít think I have a narrow enough tire at home. It feels like a bucking bronco but itís nothing unmanageable if I keep the speed down, luckily itís just the back tire.
So staying at work another five minutes to fix the tube there wasn't an option?
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
you know, lots of people ride back tires until they start killing tubes. Looks can be deceiving. Some people even think that tire manufacturers deliberately design tires to start showing noticeable wear and splits in the treads long before the structural areas are damaged, so people replace them more often.
Some people even think that -

1. The Earth is flat
2. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did not land on the moon
3. There are alien remains at Area 51
4. Elections are rigged
5. "I am not a crook"
6. The rapture is coming
7. Princess Diana was assinated by the Royal Family
8. Birds are not real
9. The Denver airport is the headquarters for the Illuminati (which is led by Beyonce)
10. Zombies are real
11. The Holocaust did not happen
12. Aliens built the pyramids
13. 9/11 was an inside job
14. There is a secret chamber filled with government secrets behind Mount Rushmore

and

15. Steven King killed John Lennon
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I absolutely love that Larry apparently took pictures of this disaster and decided to log onto BikeForums and start a thread, in the middle of this struggle, and asked others how far they have ridden as if this is just a normal conversation topic.

Also, based on the first couple posts...
- Larry rode 3 miles on a totally deflated tire 16 minutes. Averaging over 11mph on a popped and completed deflated rear tire seems pretty impressive...or incorrect.
- Larry popped his tire right as he left work. He then says he couldnt repair the flat until he got home and then rode back to work. So apparently work is the only place he can repair the flat...and he got the flat right when he left work. Why not walk the bike back to work and fix it?



This place has become 90% entertainment and 10% value.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
If I could do it all over, I wouldnít change a thing.
This needs to be written on your tombstone.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Some people even think that -

1. The Earth is flat
2. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did not land on the moon
3. There are alien remains at Area 51
4. Elections are rigged
5. "I am not a crook"
6. The rapture is coming
7. Princess Diana was assinated by the Royal Family
8. Birds are not real
9. The Denver airport is the headquarters for the Illuminati (which is led by Beyonce)
10. Zombies are real
11. The Holocaust did not happen
12. Aliens built the pyramids
13. 9/11 was an inside job
14. There is a secret chamber filled with government secrets behind Mount Rushmore

and

15. Steven King killed John Lennon
I think that it should be pointed out that only about 30% of the population actually believes those things. And you omitted the Israeli space lasers and the cannibal paedophiles as well as a number of other things just as serious.
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Originally Posted by Steel Charlie
I think that it should be pointed out that only about 30% of the population actually believes those things. And you omitted the Israeli space lasers and the cannibal paedophiles as well as a number of other things just as serious.
Yeah, but the killing of Lennon is the most serious.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Yeah, but the killing of Lennon is the most serious.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
This needs to be written on your tombstone.
"If I had it to do all over again, I'd do it all over you."
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
This place has become 90% entertainment and 10% value.
Yep. We read these posts to confirm that we are more intelligent than most other people. The problem is that only some of us are correct about that -- hence the arguments.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Great album. My brother had it back in the day.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
Great album. My brother had it back in the day.
He's no fun! He fell right over.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
this needs to be written on your tombstone.
🤣 potm!
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Originally Posted by Steel Charlie
I think that it should be pointed out that only about 30% of the population actually believes those things. And you omitted the Israeli space lasers and the cannibal paedophiles as well as a number of other things just as serious.
Yeah. Like that Dick Sergeant, Dick York and Sergeant York were the same people and that chewing gum doesnít lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight.

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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
. . . .

how long is the longest you’ve ridden on a flat tire? What is the likely place the wheel will get damaged from doing this? I’m like 2 miles in.
18 miles. Do I win?! 42 years ago, I guess I was young and dumb - but not inexperienced. I'd recently ridden a 1500 mile tour with full panniers - and the only flat tire I'd gotten was after ALL the tread had worn off my rear tire. Lulled me into thinking flats were rare.

Anyway, beautiful day, I was doing an out and back . . and right as I turned around - rear tire was flat. I had a pump (of course!!) but no patch kit. I took my tube out - tried to patch it with a decal sticker I peeled off my frame - no luck.

A couple years earlier, I was out with my brother when HE got a flat. No patch kit, no problem! He chewed his tube in half at the puncture, Tied knots in either end of the tube, STRETCHED it back into the tire and inflated. A bit lumpy but it worked - for him! I tried the same trick, but my puncture was too close to the valve, I couldn't get the knot to seal on that end.

So I was stuck - this was central MN, middle of nowhere, and I was a poor college student. I couldn't afford to trash my rim, but knew I couldn't walk home. Rode the whole way on the gravel shoulder. When I'd cross a paved driveway, I'd shift all my weight to the front wheel. Took me at least a couple of hours to get home, but I made it. And my rear rim survived as well. In fact, it is probably still going - I gave that old Trek 412 to my niece.

Never made the mistake again of riding without a patch kit. 15 years later, I learned that an unmaintained pump will have you walking home as well - but that's another story!

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