Tubes A true flat Story

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by recumbentbill, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. Long story made short. Headed out Sat morning to breakfast date 35miles away. After a nice visit I headed back home. 12 miles from home while crossing a bridge my nice Conti town and country rear tire with a extra thick thorn tube went flat really fast. Took about 30 or 40 feet to come to a wobbly stop from a top speed of 30 mph. The culprit was a 1.5" staple [the thin air gun type]. Tried to fix but the staple went through the tube multiple times [top,bottom and all sides of the tube] while rolling to a stop.Patches nor slime worked. Found a home owner that let me chain up the bike before walking 6 miles. Mile seven a nice guy offered me a ride home. Went back in my Van to collect bike. My feet have blisters.:cry::cry::cry:

  2. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I ride the town and country 26x2.1. They're nice treads. I think after hearing this story I'll invest in some tire liners. Sorry you had a less than pleasurable experience over the weekend.
  3. terrence

    terrence Member

    Bummer bill, next time a phone call to a buddy or relative? thats what im think'in. :grin:
  4. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I'm a true believer in Mr. Tuffies.
  5. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Carry a spare tube for longer trips...even if it's the thinner non thorn-resistant tube it's better than nothing.
    Bulletproof your tyres first but still carry a spare tube.
  6. NunyaBidness

    NunyaBidness Member

    you can do all you want to your tire and tube but the fact of the matter is, if something sharp gets stuck in your tire, you ARE going to have a flat. I always carry a spare tube now. The one time I rode without one I had a flat and I knew before I left that I should get a spare tube, yet I did not do it and I got a flat. I'm glad me bro CrazyGringo was with me, he rode to my house and got my spare tube and rode back.
  7. flat story

    Yep I should of had a spare with me. Oh well live and learn. I have no relatives locally but did make a phone call to some elderly friends [just to talk to]. They did offer to help but I told them not to even think about driving 40+ miles into rural area that they were not familiar with. I have used tuffy tire liners in the past and I think even Mr Tuffy would not have survived Mr Staple. On the bright side It was a beautiful day.Not to hot and thanks to the nice guy that gave me a lift home. Now ---How bout some suggestions for a tool kit carry box.pouch etc etc. My present one hangs from the back of the seat.Works ok for small stuff. I am looking for something that will fit on the other side of the rear wheel .If ya'll have seen my bike[attached pics] I would like something that would mirror my gas tank,made out of tough pastic,big enough to carry tools ,spare tube patch kit and my small topeak pump:grin:

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  8. memphis

    Hey Nunya. I grew up in Mid town now out in Millington. My flat story trip took me from Millington to quince and Lynn field close to St Francis Hospital and back through midtown,downtown and out second st then out Watkins crossing the loosahatcie flat tire area and home. 70 + - miles round trip:cool:
  9. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - even after having a flat (on the rear)
    still riding without an extra tube
    guess that 3 or 4 mile walk to the bicycle shop was not long enough !!!
    wait intil next time Muntainman !!!

    I did get some tire liners added while there
    but - as you say
    when Mr Staple comes along
    not sure if anything is going to work

    some simple tools carried -- one tube -- small pump
    we are looking at a new thread here MB riders

    as we ride that thing Mountainman
  10. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I had 3 flats in one day !! Darn " Sandspurs !" Carry a spare tube, quick patches, CO2 pump.
  11. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Anyone a bit older, remember the days when 3 people would stop to make sure you were
    OK and if you needed any help? You didnt need to carry tools because the home owner
    who's house you broke down in front of would borrow you a few. Your family would ask how
    long your going to be gone, then come looking for you if you were gone to long. WAIT, I must
    be thinking of a "leave to beaver" episode.
  12. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty good about stopping and offering help if someone is broken down and I can see that they are trying to fix something. (I'm not an automotive expert, but I carry more tools, jacks, cable hoists, etc than average).

    One time there was a guy with a flat. His jack was broken. He thanked me and told me he had been there three hours, or something like that. No one had stopped. He went on, "I guess I don't blame 'em".

    I went away thinking that it seems we've become a society that fears people will fake a break down in order to rob or murder each other.

    Sad (and worrisome) when you think about it.
  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - it is (worrisome)

    we had a woman man team here in San Diego
    the woman acted as if she was broke down on the side of the road
    when the good guy pulled over to help
    bad guy jumped out of the bushes
    need not say what happened

    it is not something that should stop us
    from helping others
    but - to remember to the best that we can

    be careful when we ride that thing Mountainman
  14. I use the solid innertubes so I dont have to deal with flats and carrying pumps and tubes. I know they say it makes the ride slightly more bumpy but it's worth it to me and I dont notice much of a difference.
  15. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    I recently had an encounter with "Mr. Staple" too, 1/2 x 1/2 inch. It got through a kevlar belt and a thick innertube. Made it home, about 3 miles, with two stops to put in a CO2 cartridge (I never leave home without them, much quicker than pumping air). Not complaining, though, I went over a year and over 4,000 miles on the MB (and several thousand more miles on non-MBs) since the last flat.
  16. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Well, after saying how much I believe in Mr. Tuffies, I just had my second flat on the trike. Again it happened just at the end of a long ride. And, again it was a pinch where the Mr. Tuffies overlap. I put a tire patch on the new tube right in that area, and put a patch on the liner to cover the overlap.
  17. Mairead

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  18. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Tire liners FTW!

    I traveled at least 1,000 miles without getting a flat, and the last couple hundred miles before the flat I was riding with two sharp metal pieces in my rear tire and I didn't even care to change it before a ride. Finally, I hit a huge nail, dead on in the middle of the tire. If tire liners help 2 outta 3 times your tires run into some metal.... that ain't bad.

    Why is it always the rear tire, tho? Every flat I've gotten has been the rear friggin' tire!! I get the puncture resistant tubes for the rear and regular tubes for the front. Everything hits the back... and I'm prolly just wasting money on the puncture resistant tubes.
  19. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    The old guys always used to say that the front tire "stands up" the nail, etc., and sets it up for the back tire to catch. They also used a thin flat piece of metal mounted to the fork to scrape the front tire, the idea being to keep things from getting stuck into the tire.
  20. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Back when I used to ride bikes with sew-up tires, I used wires on both front and back. They only work well on pretty slick tires. It seems like nails, glass, etc. usually don't get through the tire on the first rotation, but rather work their way in. The wire catches them on the first rotation and knocks them off.