Two Wheels - Six Strings

Random news and thoughts about various two-wheeled projects and music, especially my band, Skull Full Of Blues.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Yeah, I Can Patch That...

This is why I always carry a spare tube, in addition to my patch kit.

Brad came by the house, Saturday morning, to ride to the coffee shop with me. While he was at the house, we pulled the front wheels off of his Bleriot and my Stumpjumper, to see if the Pacenti NeoMoto tires would fit in his frame . They won't, by the way.

So, I figured I might as well just ride the Stumpy to Kaladi. As we took off, it quickly became apparent that I needed to air the tires up. So, we went back to my workshop and plugged in the compressor. Once the tires were firmed up, we took off again.

As we went down Iliff, we could see that the traffic signal at Colorado Blvd. was green, in our direction. So, we sped up to catch the light. As we crossed Colorado, just at the centerline of the road...BAM! The front tire on my bike blew off the rim, and the tube started wrapping itself up in my wheel as I continued to roll.

Somehow, I managed to get stopped without falling off the bike.

"I saw that happen!" Brad exclaimed, as we stood there looking at the carnage. "I just happened to look over right when the tube blew a bubble out from under the tire."

Long story short, I changed the tube out, threw the old one in my bag, and we continued on to Kaladi Bros.

I was as glad to have a witness to the blowout as I was that I didn't wreck my bike in the middle of it all.



At 6:44 PM , Blogger Big Oak said...

It's always good to have a witness when something unbelievable happens. I had an event like that happen several years ago except I had filled my innertube with slime to stop the slow like I had at the time. When the tire blew, slime went everywhere. What a mess. I haven't used that stuff since.

Glad you weren't hurt.

At 6:45 PM , Blogger Big Oak said...

Sorry, should be "slow leak" instead of "slow like".

At 5:41 AM , Blogger frankenbiker said...

Glad to hear that you weren't hurt.

A guy that rides with us on the trails Weds. nights rolled a tire completely off of the front rim,but the tube amazingly stayed inflated!He let the air out, put the tire back on, pumped it back up and finished the ride.We had plenty of witnesses, but no camera.


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