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Can you top this?(5 posts)

Can you top this?Mel Erickson
Apr 15, 2002 6:47 AM
Saturday was a glorious day here in west central Wisconsin. 40 degress and sunshine when we started our group tandem ride. We were riding what turned out to be 95 miles to a friends cabin. One of us had a brand spanking new Univega tandem out for it's inaugural voyage but it didn't start too well, a flat in the driveway. We put in a new tube and took off. The start of a 10.5 hour day, but we didn't know it then. To make a long story short we ended up with six flats and a literal blowout. The new Univega's wheels were so poorly built that the spoke nipples were puncturing the tube. We kept wrapping it with electrical tape and eventually solved the problem (temporarily, it's going back to the shop for rebuilt wheels), six flats in all. Also, about the middle of the ride I felt a thumping from the front tire. We pulled over to see the tire bulging. Bent over to feel the bulge and the tire exploded. Couldn't hear for a few seconds from that one. Of course we didn't have a spare tire and were many miles from the nearest town that might have a store with tires (this is northern Wisconsin). Cell phones are wonderful things. Called the wife (who was none too happy) and an hour and a half later she arrives with three wheels. We selected the best tire and were back on the road. All in all six flats and a blow out (seven flats if you count the one that didn't even make it back on the bike before it went flat). So, can you top seven in 95 miles with three tandems?
Get some Velox tapepmf1
Apr 15, 2002 6:57 AM
Every wheel I've ever had (except Ksyriums ans Rev-X) I use Velox tape on. If its a pre-built, I immediately take off the factory rimstrip and replace it with Velox tape. My favorite were the crappy plastic strips that came with my Heliums. I didn't even bother to give these a road test. So, when you get a new bike, yank off the tires and make sure the rim strip is Velox (On the good side, and bike I've ever seem ordered from Colorado Cyclist has it on the wheels).

Don't use electrical tape, it sucks --- literally gets sucked into the spoke holes. Not very effective.

Consider buying new tires. Cheap tires cost more money than they save.
It was a friends bikeMel Erickson
Apr 15, 2002 7:28 AM
and it's more of a problem than the wrong rim strip. The wheels need to be rebuilt as the spokes are too long. I also told him to have the shop use Velox. Regarding the blown tire, it was a good tire (Michelin Wildgripper Lite) and in good shape with few miles. I did have it pumped to the max (80#'s) but the tire is rated to 80 and should not have blown. Gotta believe it was a defect. I wouldn't recommend electrical tape either but it got us there. Good thing one of the guys had a full role along as it saved the day.
Beam me up, ScottyRideLots
Apr 15, 2002 6:57 AM
Can't top that, but know the feeling. I've done 3 'beam me ups' in the past few years.
Hmmm.Spoke Wrench
Apr 16, 2002 6:06 AM
Great wheelset! Spokes too long, inadequate rim tape and the rims won't seat the tires adequately. Anything wrong with the hubs? How could anyone build or inspect a wheel and not notice that the spoke ends were sticking out of the nipples?

One question I get asked a lot is: "What could possibly make one bike cost twice as much as another." You just answered it. Quality differences can be found in every single one of the little parts that people never think to ask about.