Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Road salt punctures?

Old 03-11-05, 04:09 PM
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Road salt punctures?

Has anybody flatted by riding over rock salt in the winter? Here in Michigan we just got another dusting of snow last night and with the help of the sun and the county spreading rock salt, the roads were clear enough for a ride by 1 p.m. During my ride today I noticed the sun gleaming off the salt just like glass (I'm vigilant looking for glass so the glint of salt kinda freaks me out ) I'm wondering if anyone ever got a flat from road salt.
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Old 03-11-05, 04:37 PM
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I ride my bike all year in Vt and they put a lot of salt down. Never got a flat from it and never heard of anyone else getting one either.
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Never had a flat from salt, but I would'nt rule it out as a possibility.
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I never have. Of course, I live in Pasadena 81 today.
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LOL road salt. why live in that focked up state.
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Uh.
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Old 03-11-05, 06:58 PM
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Don't you be dissin' my Michigan.

This state has it all AND beautiful women.

A better question would be: why are you trying to ride in this weather?
That's why they invented cross country skis.

There's nothing like a groomed trail and the right wax.
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I doubt road salt could cause punctures if one is using a reasonably sound tire. Now if the tire already had a few cuts, then maybe...
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The salt is fairly soft, so I doubt it.
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Probably the biggest danger is skidding out over a patch of loose salt. I wouldn't worry about punctures.
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on the mohs scale of hardness, salt ranks 2.5.

diamond is a 10.
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Old 03-12-05, 12:26 PM
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Quick question: Do you guys run slicks in the winter or change the tires? I'm looking to get back on my bike now, since it seems to be getting a tad warmer. Thanks...
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Originally Posted by EventServices
This state has it all AND beautiful women.
It's hard to tell a beautiful woman from a truckdriver when everybody is all bundled up in multiple layers of clothing because it is -40F windchill.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Don't you be dissin' my Michigan.

This state has it all AND beautiful women.

A better question would be: why are you trying to ride in this weather?
That's why they invented cross country skis.

There's nothing like a groomed trail and the right wax.
word! I've got 2 Fischer SCSs cold and plus ready in the box on top of the car. Let's skate!
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I've never gotten a flat from road salt, but I have gotten a flat once from a sharp piece of sand from the plows/sanders after a snow storm, I guess it just wedged between the tread and got pressed through by other sand or something. The sand here is more like gravel usually though.
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Originally Posted by taimaixu
on the mohs scale of hardness, salt ranks 2.5.

diamond is a 10.

So if you run over a patch of spilled diamonds will you get a flat?

Anyone ever flatted by running over a diamond?
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[QUOTE=EventServices]Don't you be dissin' my Michigan.

This state has it all AND beautiful women.

What does it have going for it other then the Great Lakes and the auto makers. as far as beautiful women, if you like em fat ok i guess. that is fat ass capital USA isn't it? or is it 2nd now.
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Originally Posted by BaadDawg
So if you run over a patch of spilled diamonds will you get a flat?

Anyone ever flatted by running over a diamond?
Where are these roads full of diamonds you speak of?
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Originally Posted by sat_cycle
It's hard to tell a beautiful woman from a truckdriver when everybody is all bundled up in multiple layers of clothing because it is -40F windchill.
FYI, -40F = -40C. It's where the scales cross.
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No, but I thought I might today. Woke up to about one inch of new snow. Warmed up and melted - turned out to be a beautiful day to ride. Lots of salt/gravel though. Skiing tomorrow - Life is good.
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Nope. Maybe there was some debris in the road you didn't know about?

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I did about a month ago. A nasty little slice of salt...
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Wow, why all the bitterness about Michigan?
Forget about it, man.

Go back to what you were doin'.
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Got in yesterday after a high mile, high speed ride. Feels like winter is coming to an end! No more than ten minutes after I get off the bike, the rear is completely flat. Figuring it must be the road grit from the last snowstorm mixed in with slush(unavoidable,unfortunately), patched her up and off I went this a.m. Today, finishing up the ride I noticed the same spot had dried up. Low and behold, in the debris was a pulverized Heinekin bottle that took fifteen minutes of my time away. Oh well. My guess is something similar happened to you.
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