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Danno has high speed front tire blow out

Old 06-04-07, 06:18 PM
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Danno has high speed front tire blow out

I just thought Id let you guys know that I had the pleasure of biking this weekend in Santa Barbara, California with DannoXYZ. Danno graciously toured a buddy and I through the local Santa Barbara mountains. Well on our way down from a 4,000 foot climb, Danno began to take the lead. He started screaming down this mountain. And I mean screaming. He was going fast. Danno apparently is an ex-racer and knows how to take a hair pin turn at maximum speed. He also clearly has no fear. Im pumping as fast as I dare to, and I am just barely able to keep Danno in sight. My buddy falls back. He falls way behind and is playing it safe by riding his brakes and taking the turns slowly. So anyway, as Im coming out of another turn, I again see Danno way out in front of me. Just as Danno is about to enter his next turn at high speed, all of a sudden his front tire blows. Well at this exact same moment a car comes speeding up this mountain road from around a blind turn. And this road is narrow. Im thinking that for sure Danno is going down. Im just praying that he doesnt go down in front of the on-coming car. But Dannos only visible reaction to this high speed blow out looked like he swerved around a little pot hole. And for all I know, he may have. But if he did in fact lose control of his bike, it was only for a fraction of a second. He quickly (and I might add calmly) pulled over, changed his tube, and we were back at it in less than 5 minutes.

Good job Danno!
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Old 06-04-07, 06:32 PM
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Damn.

I presume you bought your tour guide new shorts as well.
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Old 06-04-07, 06:32 PM
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Wow! That's impressive bike handling and staying cool under pressure.

Glad everything worked out well.
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Old 06-04-07, 06:34 PM
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Danno definitely falls into the category of "jedi masters" in the racing forum. There's a lot of skill and experience apparent in his posts.

I'm glad he's OK and all, but his bike handling and overall demeanor in that situation don't surprise me one bit having read a lot of his posts.
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I would be vegetable soup if that happened to me.
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Holy Cow! That's quite the story. Hope Danno checks in to tell his version; that would be interesting.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm glad he's OK and all, but his bike handling and overall demeanor in that situation don't surprise me one bit having read a lot of his posts.
I think most folks on the forum would be thinking "Oh ***** I'm going down" whereas Danno was probably fully aware of exactly how firm to brake, how to position his body, how to counter steer, etc etc.

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Danno is a Grade AAA badass.

Glad to see that you've conquered gravity. I came into this thread expecting the worst, but I'm relieved by the good news.
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Damn. Glad he's OK.

Does this at least add anecdotal evidence that clinchers are safer than tubulars when dealing w/ a high speed blowout? Although w/ Danno's experience he may have been able to remain unscathed on tubulars as well.

Serious question as I've never ridden tubulars, but have thought about it.
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
Damn. Glad he's OK

Does this at least add anecdotal evidence that clinchers are safer than tubulars when dealing w/ a high speed blowout? Although w/ Danno's experience he may have been able to remain unscathed on tubulars as well.

Serious question as I've never ridden tubulars, but have thought about it.
Tubs or "sew-ups" are thought to be safer in cases of blow-outs as they tend to remain on the rim, and in a somewhat rideable state, whereas clinchers usually come off the rim, causing untold havoc and total loss of control, which can lead to much wailing and gnashing of teeth, especially when it happens on the front wheel…

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Originally Posted by Wil Davis
Tubs or "sew-ups" are thought to be safer in cases of blow-outs as they tend to remain on the rim, and in a somewhat rideable state, whereas clinchers usually come off the rim, causing untold havoc and total loss of control, which can lead to much wailing and gnashing of teeth, especially when it happens on the front wheel

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Thanks. If in fact the tubs stay on, then that makes sense. I'll raise an extra toast to Danno (the next time I drink).

And take this tidbit to my LBS, who claims that clinchers would be a safer bet.
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If that tire was mine I'd be dead.

That is all.
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damn, he changed his tube in less than 5 minutes, great job Danno!

but really though, skills like that are few and far between, i know if that was me i wouldn't be here to reply to this post...
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Holy Cow! That's quite the story. Hope Danno checks in to tell his version; that would be interesting.
To Dannoxyz it might have been a non-event worth no more than "I had a flat."
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....I knew I was right about that guy!
Thanks for sharing the story. He's always been so helpful to me with all my noob racer questions in the racing forum.

However, after hearing this, I'll pass on tryingto hook up with him when I'm in SB at the end of the month!!!!

(p.s.)
Had the same thing happen to me in Girona, Spain. Front tire blew up with the bang of a gun blast.
Of course, I was riding the brakes and going much slower, so I managed to stop upright.
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Damn.

I presume you bought your tour guide new shorts as well.
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I'm impressed. If it were me, I'd be road kill......
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Where is the DocRay 'Danno is doping' tirade?
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OP... was the road you were going up/down Gibraltar Rd? Being a native of Santa Barbara it's the only 4000' climb with Hairpins in the area (that I can think of). If it was, congrats...that's one vicious climb!
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Danno is one of those guys who just can't go wrong. He is one tough cookie.
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Hey folks, we had a great ride up Gibraltar and across the top, then down Painted Cave/Old San Marcos. That made for a more gradual climb with steady grade as opposed to the insanely steep sections you encountre on Painted Cave (which is more fun going down anyway ). It started out foggy and gloomy at the bottom of hill. Then actually got misty and cold as we went through the clouds. But by the top, it was sunny and warm as we looked down on layer of cotton balls. Hopefully Nachoman will get his photos up; some of the views was absolutely stunning!!!

As for the flat, I think I got lucky! The relentless pounding across the potholed road on the top of the mountain combined with a VERY bumpy first half of the downhill is probably what dislodged a patch I had on the tube. It decided to let go near the bottom with about 2-miles to go. Luckily, it happened just as I started to round a little kink in the road. That gave me time to brake in a straight line and stay upright before the next turn. Still took 1/2 through the switchback before I came to a complete stop (really dramatic difference between both-brake vs. rear-brake only deceleration )

Anyway, the minor difference between clinchers & tubies would've been that I could've still used the front-brake a little if I had tubulars on. And if I wasn't able to slow down in time, tubies would've helped me go around the corner if I needed to. Otherwise, it wasn't that big a deal; tubulars tend to be very lightweight racing tyres anyway and aren't good for training rides.

Overall, it was a great day! Afterwards we went to the Brown Pelican restaurant at Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara and scarfed down some chow and DRINKS!!! Thanks Nachoman for gathering people for this ride.

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You answered my question Danno. Figured it had to be Gibraltar...why do you torture yourself so? LOL
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The Brown Pelican huh?

Is that a place I should hit for a lunch outside while there for the wedding June 30th?
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Pfft.

Nachoman, no one wants to know about Danno being a great cyclist.

What about the ladies? Did he introduce you to any of his lady friends?
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