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Since Sunday, four flats and a near crash... what next?(9 posts)

Since Sunday, four flats and a near crash... what next?Starliner
Aug 7, 2002 7:39 AM
The F word. Flat. Flat FLAT FLAT LFAT FLATLLFLAT!!!!

Sunday morning. Just over two miles of riding on city streets, and suddenly my front tire exhales on me. So I fix it and three miles later, my rear tire suddenly blows with no warning. These weren't because of glass or other road hazards. I pumped the the tires from 80psi up to around 135 before the ride, but I can't understand if that would have mattered. So, not having two tubes or a patch kit, I walked home. Lesson - bring a patch kit next time and/or an extra tube.

This just hasn't been my week. I went to ride my mountain bike errand runner yesterday, but the front tire was flat. It was fine when I last rode it and parked it a few days ago, beats me what happened.

Then yesterday evening, I put my tubulars on and went to chase the sun down over the west hills. At an intersection with a highway, there was a line of cars just beginning to move on the green light going in my direction. I accelerated past a few through the intersection and jumped over the railroad tracks which parallel the highway when suddenly one of the lead cars made a right turn in front of me - without signalling. After skidding and fishtailling my way out of the crash, strange thoughts of peeling a trashed tubular tire off my rim crossed my mind...and I stopped to check it out. Not bad after all, just a small area which was clearly more scuffed, but still quite servicable...

Then a mile or two later, the F-thing struck again out of nowhere, a hiss coming from my rear. Yes, the F-word again.

There must be some message in all this. What it is, I am not sure, but it's spooky.
It's probably just a coincidence. But...Quack
Aug 7, 2002 7:56 AM
you may have also had a voodoo curse put on you by a bicycle hating witch doctor motorist. Have you been passed by any cars smelling of incense recently? Be on the lookout for this vehicle in the near future as it is your only hope of having the curse removed.

Good luck!
New planet alignment sez:Crankist
Aug 7, 2002 8:56 AM
You will meet a flat-chested girl. She will turn in front of you, but this time you will like it.
I hope she's over 16Starliner
Aug 7, 2002 9:06 AM
Will her smile draw my eye away from her chest and hook me
I hope she's over 16Crankist
Aug 7, 2002 9:17 AM
She is & it will. However she prefers men with pressure in their tube and will dump you within a week.
135?rob45
Aug 7, 2002 9:38 AM
you put 135 psi in your tires for the road--do they actually stay on the road or just skip above it. That's a lot of pressure--more like track pressure than road. Don't know if it's related to flats, but such high pressure might make the casing more vulnerable.
they probably exploded (135 to much pressure)pukka
Aug 7, 2002 10:25 AM
Same thing happensLandsharkrider
Aug 7, 2002 11:28 AM
It's wierd - I can go 4 months without a single flat and then they all come in rashes for around a week. Same deal as you: it will be on different bikes and new and old tires.

I don't know how to explain it but I get so pissed I just take a couple of days away and do something else.
Same boatakatdog
Aug 7, 2002 11:56 AM
2 flats a solo wreck in front of a bus stop full of people and my handlebars twisting out as I put the hammer down to get out of a cars way. Like Jeff Foxworthy says "Heres your sign" I'm personally taking a couple days off to lets the cycling gods eyes wander elsewhere.

Ride on