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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by ryanwilliamcantrell, Oct 17, 2007.
I should just give you all my number and bribe you with beer to text me when you go for a ride :).
As if I would want to leave the lair in the first place
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Five hours of driving for five minutes of riding would hardly have been worth it without the hour of trailside repair work.
Hunter and I were meeting up with three guys we’d not met before, Eric, Dave and Henry. This was Hunter’s first ride of the year and an overnighter at that. When my front tire was flat after unloading I wasn’t worried. After all, I have the Tubliss system (http://nuetech.com/tubliss/). It took just a minute to find the hole, plug it and air up.
But a mile down the trail it was flat again — bad sign. “I think I can fix this and catch up,” I suggested but the guys were glad not only to wait but dive in with help. I could tell by their unrepeatable banter, as they set to work, they’d spent time together.
In spite of herculean efforts running through a plan A, B and maybe C, it was not to be. The inner Tubliss tube had a tear at the valve, rendering the system useless, and a spare tube (from Henry, I think) ended up being the wrong size. We were nonetheless inches from having it mounted when it pinched. That was that.
Thanks much for the help Eric, Dave and Henry. Hunter and I are planning a make-up ride.
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Still haven't had a chance to ride with the group out here sense I moved and think I can make this coming Wednesday... would love to meet some of the Boise group.
Just need to know what type of ride so I can bring the correct bike... the CRF230L or the 650...
I too am using the Tubliss system with good results thus far. If you further diagnose why yours failed, please let me know. Did you check the pressure that day? Was the locknut tight against the rim? Could you have punctured the tube while repairing the hole or otherwise? Was it getting old beyond it's lifespan? I'm not sure what the lifespan is but replacements are available so maybe we should replace them after so many miles or time.
Thanks for the GPS tracks. 3 of us (and Georgie) had a great ride out in the 3 Finger Rock area. Ate lunch at the "suicide cliff" and saw some great sites elsewhere. Due to time we had to cut out the side trip to 3 Finger Gulch, but now we have reason for another trip or three. Again, thanks!
Georgie and me with 3 Fingers Rock way way off in the distance.
Closer on the other side.
I'm keeping this Wednesday open. Looking forward to a ride.
I don't know about "death march", but it was definitely a good spirited ride. It only turned out to be 1034 miles from door to door for me. 407 the first day, 408 the second, then the third was a rest day with only 219 miles. I think we had about 700 miles in the dirt and around 300 of the highway droning. Great ride, I hope my video turns out of Ed trying to get stuck in the mud
I have more facts.
I do check pressure before every ride. I notice that Neutech says to replace the bladder every year and since they're only $10 I'll probably start doing it with each tire change.
Anyway, after a ride last year I noticed the high pressure stem was slightly off kilter. Bladder must have slipped. It was so slight I didn't worry about it.
In the course of hunting down a slow leak last week I figured I'd finally reset the bladder and liner so I took it all apart. The slow leak was a puncture in the tire that I plugged, easy enough, but re-mounting must have weakened an already stressed stem opposite of my goal.
Live and learn, as always.
I had 1077 miles to my door. How did I get that many more than you?
Yes, it was a great ride!!!
I've noticed anymore that I only seem to get a year or so out of my bicycle tubes ... always failing around the valve stem ... probably the same Chinese factory making all of the tubes these days :eek1
I had fun also even though I only got to join you for the last day. Still put in 557 miles and learned a few things about my big KTM.
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Jason, I'll keep an eye from now on to make sure my stem is sitting squarely and make sure the nut is snug. It sounds like that may have been the issue. I'll also plan on putting in a new bladder after my next tire change - cheap insurance.
I've had an issue a few times in the past on my mnt. bike with valve stem flex but more so with the schraeder valves. The presta valves with their lock-nut helps prevent it. My tubes do only last a year though because I use slime tubes and get goat head punctures. I should probably go tubless.
Most of my issues have been with self sealing tubes .... Might be the sealant drying out the rubber? .... I hate it when my rubber dries out
Friday May 9th at Happy Trails. Mark spent 31 months on the road covering 26 countries and 6 Continents accumulating some 90,000 miles of saddle time. He also made time to visit the Galapagos and Antarctica.
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COME ON OUT
Let's meet at Hawkins Pac-Out at the bottom of Bogus Basin rd at 6:00 again for tomorrow's afterwork ride. On Monday I tried to find a route, staying on the East side of Hwy 55, from Cartwright rd north to Pearl rd, and couldn't find a route through. I went to Horseshoe Bend and tried to go from Harris creek rd to the Boise ridge rd and hit snow. Unless anyone has a better plan, I propose we run last week's route again, in reverse. It will at least seem like a new route that way :)
I thought I could make this one, but have to head out eastward for the day and won't make it back in time. Looking forward to next week...
Need to do an oil change on the WRR but I'm going to try to get out and join you. Don't wait for me though, it's a coin flip. If I do join I'll probably drop off at Eagle Rd, that's right around the corner from home.
*EDIT* Oil changed. Wonderful what a little motivation will do. Not to mention the 1.5qt capacity on the WRR, didn't even have to go buy anything. 99% sure I'll see you guys tomorrow.
Well dang Scott, looking forward to riding with you, join us when you can. Jeff, good deal, now you can come play tomorrow :) I am heading back to Caldwell afterward and will probably split and head west on Pearl while you guys head back into Eagle on Willow creek/Eagle rd.