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Carry a Braddle/awl for your tyres?

Old 02-13-15, 03:14 PM
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Carry a Braddle/awl for your tyres?

A while ago before setting off I did my usual tyre inspection with my fingers and found nothing amiss and then as I happened to have a braddle (awl) on hand I stuck its tip into the small cuts in my tyres and found that most of them contained the small piece of glass -- undetectable by visual or tactile inspection -- that had caused the cuts in the first place.

The pieces of glass had all worked their way into the tyre to the level of the threads. I guess that they would eventually break their way through as the rubber wears away, or become visible.

I now have a braddle on my bike shelf and another small awl in my saddle bag.

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I use the compass my son had when he was in high school for this purpose. And I don't carry it with me on rides, as I only check my tires when doing my regular weekly maintenance/look over.
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i check for cuts and embedded objects routinely before rides, tweezers or a small blade screwdriver work fine. sometimes a fingernail is enough.
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Picking glass out of fully inflated tyres is one of life's little pleasures.
Deflated, not so much.
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Yes. It's a surrogate for social grooming behavior as is common among the lesser apes.
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I do a lot of my riding on the Cape Cod Canal and other beach roads. We have a large gull population that drops shellfish on the roadways to break them open. Lots of small, sharp shell pieces on the roads. Usually they sound a lot worse than they really are. I carry a rag with me to wipe the tires as I am riding through the heavier "shelled" area. I do check them when I get home or before going out.
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Compass and (back of) a knife blade or screw driver all sound good. I agree that carrying something about is not that important but
Originally Posted by bubbagrannygear
partially straightened paper clip - I commute and work in an office
Mmm, if stiff enough, I could see this as being the right amount of er sharbluntness, and the weight weenie solution.
Tweezers or some sort of puller also a good idea. To be honest I have punctured a tyre doing this, by failing to prize the shard out, pushing it in and psshh. But better when checking than on the road.

I was just amazed to find all those shards in there. Everyone posting here already checks and knew. There may be quite a few folk who don't check with an instrument, who may be amazed too when they do. Shards galore!
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