used CO2 bottles

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by tommaguzzi, 9 Aug 2018.

  1. tommaguzzi

    tommaguzzi Senior Member

    Location:
    south yorkshire
    i have noticed this year on my regular rides out in the peak district that i see more and more empty co2 bottles in the gutters and grass verges. i have never seen any before, so i am assuming that they are thrown away by cyclists using co2 pumps after a puncture.
    i didnt actually count them all but it must have been 20 or so on a 30 miler out to castleton the other day. i hardly ever see any inner tubes so why do these people take the tube home but not the co2 bottle its still litter and it pisses me off.
     
  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    CO2, or nitrous oxide?
     
  3. dantheman

    dantheman Veteran

    Probably is cyclists, but maybe some youths out shooting cyclists with a co2 pistol?

    God knows some cyclists deserve it ;)
     
  4. OP
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    tommaguzzi

    tommaguzzi Senior Member

    Location:
    south yorkshire
    small silver co2 bottles like the ones that fit in soda syphons or now in cyclists co2 pumps. i have never seen anyone squirting a soda syphon at the side of the road. so i'm thinking its the cyclists you know.
     
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  5. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    If you look closely you'll see that they are unbranded cannisters, and they usually contained N2O rather than CO2. Kids use them as a cheap high then toss them out of the car window. You can also tell them because they are 8g cannisters compared to the 16g ones used for CO2 - the latter also tend to be labelled.

    That's not to say that some cyclists don't dispose of their empty cans inappropriately, but not in the quantities you are likely seeing - someone would have to be puncturing every half mile or so.
     
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    I spotted some next to benches away from the road in Todmorden town centre so I reckon they had been used for recreational drug purposes rather than tyre inflation.
     
  7. Lonestar

    Lonestar Veteran

    I remember used to see the odd one.Then more and more.At one time I thought it was cyclists.Talked to someone about it then it became obvious what was going on.See them bloody everywhere now.They are a nuisance.I'm forever running them over.
     
  8. DRHysted

    DRHysted Über Member

    Location:
    New Forest
    This is what I was gonna say. Local police have been tweeting about the N2O canisters, confiscating and destroying them if found on the oiks. I have wondered if instead of destroying the N2O could cyclists use them?
     
  9. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    What to get high on^_^
     
  10. DRHysted

    DRHysted Über Member

    Location:
    New Forest
    Not sure if it would make our bikes lighter if we put N2O in the tyres instead of CO2. Need a physicist.
     
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  11. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    It's laughing gas. The kids love it.
    Seems to be a nationwide thing these days.
     
  12. guitarpete247

    guitarpete247 Just about surviving

    Location:
    Leicestershire
    If used to inflate tyres would the fairy be more likely to go for your tyres for her enjoyment?
     
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  13. It is known as `The everest syndrome'.
     
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  14. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Hippy crack, the worst VFM drug there is.
     
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  15. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I can't see the attraction of sticking ones nose up a hippies crack.

    Yeah, in my experiences, odds are in favour that such discarded cylinders are nitrous oxide. The youth of today are very much in to sod with their scotch, it would seem.
     
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