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Feel like a Real Cyclist Now

Old 03-04-05, 09:22 AM
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Feel like a Real Cyclist Now

Last night while I was riding I was hearing a tick,tick,tick from my front wheel even when not pedaling. In my mind, I'm thinking that it sounded like a sticker. About a mile later, tire goes flat in an instant. All my flats before have been "after" my ride.

The sun is just about on the horizon, so I call my wife & ask her to come pick me up.

I go ahead & pull out my CO2 inflator & get to work. I opted for the "get me home" stick on patches (noticed this morning it's flat) since I was short on time & was just continuing my ride when my wife showed up.

Course I say, "would you mind sagging me home instead of carrying me home?"

Kind of cool having my own pace car, course my legs are a little tired today, cause I had to show off a little.
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Old 03-04-05, 09:50 AM
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Cool. How long did it take you to change the flat? Do you carry extra cartridges or a frame pump?
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Old 03-04-05, 10:25 AM
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I just carry CO2 inflator & a couple cartridges, worked really good & went pretty quick; buttt - I think I'll be looking for some kind of a frame/mini pump for longer rides.

Hadn't thought about it until fixing a practice (with CO2) flat at home. Takes part of a cartridge to inflate the tube to find the hole, then takes another to fill the tire once patched. I'd hate to be riding a Century & find myself with a 2nd flat 50 miles from home.
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Originally Posted by cyclwestks
Last night while I was riding I was hearing a tick,tick,tick from my front wheel even when not pedaling. In my mind, I'm thinking that it sounded like a sticker. About a mile later, tire goes flat in an instant. All my flats before have been "after" my ride.

The sun is just about on the horizon, so I call my wife & ask her to come pick me up.

I go ahead & pull out my CO2 inflator & get to work. I opted for the "get me home" stick on patches (noticed this morning it's flat) since I was short on time & was just continuing my ride when my wife showed up.

Course I say, "would you mind sagging me home instead of carrying me home?"

Kind of cool having my own pace car, course my legs are a little tired today, cause I had to show off a little.
Was your wife impressed by your manly display of bicycling power?
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Old 03-04-05, 10:42 AM
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My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Europe next year and she's agreed to sag for me from town to town. Now that's a keeper.
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Old 03-04-05, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclwestks
Last night while I was riding I was hearing a tick,tick,tick from my front wheel even when not pedaling. In my mind, I'm thinking that it sounded like a sticker. About a mile later, tire goes flat in an instant. All my flats before have been "after" my ride.

The sun is just about on the horizon, so I call my wife & ask her to come pick me up.

I go ahead & pull out my CO2 inflator & get to work. I opted for the "get me home" stick on patches (noticed this morning it's flat) since I was short on time & was just continuing my ride when my wife showed up.

Course I say, "would you mind sagging me home instead of carrying me home?"

Kind of cool having my own pace car, course my legs are a little tired today, cause I had to show off a little.
Bummer. But I'm so disappointed: from the title I thought this was going to be another shaving thread
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Old 03-04-05, 10:54 AM
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I would highly recommend a MiniPump, just throw it in your back pocket, have always had great luck with these. Never trusted the CO2 stuff, always seemed like I had one and only one shot at getting it right, IMHO fame pumps are unsightly.

Real test, will your Wife or GF take the time to drive you 80mi Upwind?, just so you can have the thrill of ridin 30mph home?
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Old 03-04-05, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by 'nother
Bummer. But I'm so disappointed: from the title I thought this was going to be another shaving thread

Nah, gotta wait for the tan first, so I don't blind anyone. 2nd thought, might make a good night reflector, kind of like those Iluminite (sp) clothes.
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Originally Posted by Voodoo76
I would highly recommend a MiniPump, just throw it in your back pocket, have always had great luck with these. Never trusted the CO2 stuff, always seemed like I had one and only one shot at getting it right, IMHO fame pumps are unsightly.


Real test, will your Wife or GF take the time to drive you 80mi Upwind?, just so you can have the thrill of ridin 30mph home?
I'm in the midst of placing an order right now; lights & minipump.

Ya, I wanted to take a line from the RAAM show I just watched; "And hey, try to keep up".
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IMO - CO2 should only be used as a temporary fix. It will ultimately loose pressure. Once you're back home, loose the CO2 and fill up with a good old fashioned pump...

Might have been part of the reason why the next morning the tire was flat again.
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Old 03-04-05, 12:59 PM
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I usually cary spare tube and hand pump. Don't feel like trying to patch a tube with cars racing by.
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