Need help in Staunton Va

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by firebug24k, May 21, 2011.

  1. firebug24k

    firebug24k Been here awhile

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    Well, I made it 70 miles down the BRP until I decided to stop for gas. Took the exit to Beuna Vista and man that's twisty - even got the edge of a peg down on one of the tight corners, a first for me. I was thinking hey, the tire has held for the last 70 miles so I should be good to go, right? :shog

    Well you can guess what happened, after 4 miles of the tight stuff, I got to Beuna Vista and checked my air pressure... 10#. I lied to myself and thought ok, maybe it's just a slow leak, I'll air it up and be fine. Back to 25#, and back through all the twisties again, pushing it hard... Make it about 6 miles this time and something feels.... odd... :baldy

    Yep, zero pounds. I'm surprised it didn't blow out, I credit it to the slime turning it into a slow(er) leak instead of going completely flat in 200 feet like happened the first time.

    So now I'm stuck again with no cell reception, pushed the bike to a gravel driveway and started repatching... Took the entire wheel off, used the wrenches in the stock toolkit as tire irons and pulled the whole tube. The patch was still there... about 1" from the hole :eek1. I guess I heated the tires up and the patch slid.

    At this point, this awesome older dude comes up to me all dressed for church. I guess he walked over from his house about 400 feet away down the road. He takes a look at the tire and immediately offers to help me patch it up at his shed. So we walk down there and get ready to patch when his son shows up on a fourwheeler. I can't make this shit up.... turns out he's an ADVRIDER member (VAmountainboy I think) who saw this thread yesterday, and soon realizes I'm the same guy, just now broke down in his driveway instead of 70 miles up the road in Staunton. Turns out he's way smarter than me and has a whole set of tubes back at his house. A short ride on the four wheeler and some awesome help and a new tube and I'm good as gold!

    I learned a few lessons:

    1) Don't push a patched tire that hard, that was just dumb.
    2) Get a toolkit with some spare tubes, tire irons, and CO2 (already on order).

    This forum is awesome. Thanks a million for your help!

    P.S. I was riding down the road with the bicycle pump strapped to the top of my camping gear when I notice the handle has slid out, it looked pretty hilarious (but made me 4 feet wide, oops). I wonder what the cars that passed me thought about that :huh
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  2. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Get a pump. CO2 is nice but you only get one shot from each. That reminds me I need to get a pump so I don't have to steel my mountain bike pump.
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  3. firebug24k

    firebug24k Been here awhile

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    Ordered that hybrid co2/pump - got some good reviews here. Called second wind.
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  4. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Knock on wood, perhaps, but . . . tube patches have proven most serviceable, to me!

    A hand pump speaks preparedness, but . . . an electric pump is most convenient.

    I should talk; a wood-screw flat, and the absence of on-board tire-repair essentials, robbed me of the recent Ride-To-Eat gathering in Wardensville, WV!

    Do as I say, not as I do; and--may I learn from my own mistakes!

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    Just for future reference, firebug24k: Was the Slime used the variety for tubeless tires, or the compound made for inner tubes?
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  5. VaMountainBoy

    VaMountainBoy Adventurer

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    Hey glad you made it home ok . Hope you didnt get to wet it rained hard after you left . It takes 1 flat to become aware of what is needed in your pack to take care of it weve all been there once . Ill bet we never see another post from you about having a flat and needing help. Glad I could help and Ill be looking for that beer.
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  6. firebug24k

    firebug24k Been here awhile

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    Xdragracer: it was the slime for tubeless. Not too impressed with it, but at least it didn't make anything worse... No issues with balance in the tire either.
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  7. too old for dirt

    too old for dirt Been here awhile

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    Patches work, but there is a key to using them. You must be patient and let the adhisive dry to a dull sheen before you apply the patch. If you do not wait, the patch will pull off or move.

    Just my 2 cents after learning the hardway.
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  8. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. Glad you got her fixed and back on the road. Adventures like this renew, somewhat, my faith in mankind.
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  9. firebug24k

    firebug24k Been here awhile

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    Thanks again man! Yeah I got dumped on for about an hour straight. The aerostitch kept me dry except in my lap, which soaked through after a while but not that big of a deal. Can't imagine sitting there in the rain trying to patch it :puke1
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