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Tyre go bang - a testing morning

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tynan, 20 May 2008.

  1. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Tearing through Finsbury Park in beautiful weather, stopped for a bus blocking the way, start to move off, funny knock/noise from back wheel, hop off, spin wheel looking for 'something' and there's a rather impressive 'pop' tending towards a 'crack'

    about half an inch of the tyre, Schwalbe Lugano, all of ooo three weeks old, has separated from the wire right next to the valve, tyre off and there's a hole in the tube big enough to put my little finger through, right up against the shoulder of the valve and next to a surprisingly rough seam, nice

    tried more in hope than anything else to patch it with a venerable huge patch, paper backed no less, from the kit, carrying a spare tube but don't fancy it up against the exposed wires

    patch looks good, all back together and inflate, looks good, a couple more pumps, I'm only going another mile or so to Holloway Road for a new tyre after all, and the patch lets go, arse

    wheel out again, tyre off again, tube out, the new one in, press the now expired big patch betwixt tube and tyre, inflate, cross fingers, hope for the best and take it easy, cruising along with girls on mtbs and blokes on folders

    can't find cyclological on Holloway Road, last seen five odd years ago, this involves three U turns on a lively Holloway Road before I set off to the next nearest place I remember, something and Mower at Tufnell Park


    Onward down Kentish Town Road heading for the place near Chalk Farm when like El Dorado, bikes in front of a shop with an oik locking them up appears, one last U turn and a smiling man with a beard that stocks only Conti tyres (the man, not the beard) is firmly recommending a folding GPS4000? with a very smart pinky red tread, he rides them himself etc etc

    not cheap at £29.99 but it's a seller's market

    new tube for the pannier, loose with only an elastic band, and outside to yet again wheel out, tyre off, etc, them folding tyres are a bit wild until you get the hang of them

    but job done and inflated yet again with mini pump and brawn, I get 80psi before it all starts getting into silly diminishing returns territory

    and away

    an hour late but feeling at least partly affirmed as competent

    tube and Lugano stuffed into a bin at the bottom of Kentish Town, gawd knows what happened there, runnng at 110psi, 23mm if it matters, the back tyre had been 'knocking', in a minor way, the last few days although I thought it was a puncture/cut from last week right on the centre line, perhaps it was

    for future reference, cyclological is apparently sill there but no big yellow sign anymore, something and Mowers (very old fashioned shop) shut up eight plus years ago apparently

    anyhow, trust all well, I've had more flats in the last two months than the last ten years I suspect, third tyre on the rear now in three months, Ultra Gator chopped for acutting and asliding in the wet, Lugano died in service, three weeks of service ...

    here's to a long pleasant summer, might give the Lea Valley CC club run a go this Sun if I can escape from my myriad duties
  2. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Bad luck there Tynan,
    I've had more p*nctures than usual this year, I've been putting it down to the greater amount of tipper trucks and the like on the roads taking away the remains of pulverised tower blocks etc. in the regeneration leading up to the Olympics.
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    tell you what, I'm match fit for removing the back tyre now

    three times in an hour?

    and back on without levers for the first time, I was a bit more animated than usual
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    I've had one of these (ude due to tyre carcass separating from the bead) on a Bontrager Racelite - and caught the same problem before it caused another on the Kenda Kontenders that came with the new bike.

    I didn't know the history of the Racelites (they were on the bike when I bought it) and the Kendas were pants anyway, so I didn't really give either a great deal of thought. My Stelvios (wire on) have been ok so far though.
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Bummer! I haven't had a puncture in years and I only use GP4000S or Sport Contacts.
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Hope you bought two - can't have mis-matching tyres..

    Mich Pro Race 2's for me (or 3's when the two wear out..)
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Contis rock!
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    at £30 a throw I bought one, especially buying two new tyres three weeks ago
  9. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Did you not try the newspaper lining and stuff with straw (or grass) method of emergency repairs? ;)

    I haven't had a proper puncture on my current bike yet though the back will start to go flat if left for 6 months.
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    no, as to straw and grass, it was London, and no-one in Finsbury Park can read

    yikes, that's the emergency repair for a split tyre? suppose I did the same with the handy used big patch, it certainly did another five miles without a problem
  11. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    I'm sure I read somewhere that if your tyre bursts open then you can line it with newspapers and then stuff it with grass as a get home measure. Maybe for a bad split you can cable tie the tyre to the rim to stop it catching on the frame.

    I've just gone looking for my puncture repair kit just in case.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I did have a cable tie as it happens, the tears was up against the wires so inside the rim although it gave every impression of perhaps making an appearance

    anyhow, it's in a bin now

    yuk yuk, not nice opening the bag of bits to see what you've got, although I'm far too familiar with mine, and you're never too far from a bike shop in London, in theory anyway, not as many high street ones as there used to be, the old fashioned ones seem to have plain vanished
  13. You got stitched up in Chamberlaines then Tynan? ;) I work just up the road from that shop - it's a bit sweaty around there but, as you say - you were in need.
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    that sounds like them, funny name

    £29 for a tyre that goes for £20 online? not tooooo bad, sods didn't offer to fit it though, in fairness I didn't say it was for immediate use and I've noticed that once you start wearing proper cycle kit, people leave you to get on with things

    what do you mean by 'sweaty'? that means jocks to me, seemed like a nice enough shop, some rather natty trad style bikes out front

    My Prendas retro crocheted world champion mitts arrived today and fine they are too, they'll presumably finish my lasy hopes of any help ever even if I catch fire
  15. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist


    As mentioned in threads passim, I tend to ask regardless of kit (it's a bugger if you've forgot the tyre levers, f'rinstance). Although saying that, I stopped for a bloke today who was refitting his front wheel,

    Me: Have you got the tools you need mate?
    Him: Er, yeah, I'm only taking the bike out of the car...
    Me: ;)