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Unsolved Mystery(6 posts)

Unsolved MysteryMonkeytown USA
Aug 12, 2002 12:10 AM
Since I've got nothing better to do I'll give you guys a little bicycle mystery to help me solve.

Early this summer when I was getting my bike ready for it's first ride of the year I came across something most peculiar. The nozzle had separated from the tube right at the base of the nozzle. They were just no longer connected to one another. No explanation. Of course I didn't figure it out right away. I tried to pump it up for awhile and then almost ate the sky trying to find the leak.

Anyway I thought I'd ask you guys since I'm sure someone will know. Is this a regular occurence? If you have an old tube can it just separate from the nozzle? The tube was actually not that old. I think I replaced it late winter and then it sat in my garage.

Or was there foul play involved?

I only have one suspect and that is my dad. He was the one that hung it up on the hooks to save space in the winter. I usually don't do that. And he was the one that took it down because he didn't want me to scratch his car. My dad doesn't have the best reputation for being gentle with my bikes. Could he have been responsible for this separated nozzle?
I have seen this happen with brand new mtn bk tubes (nm)maximum15
Aug 12, 2002 2:18 AM
It was your Dad...Iwannapodiumgirl
Aug 12, 2002 3:08 AM
You know you want to blame him ;o)

Besides, he may feel guilty about the break and buy you a new tube!
When you say seperated,TJeanloz
Aug 12, 2002 4:37 AM
Do you mean broken off or unscrewed?

Fancier tubes have removable valve cores, which I have seen 'shake loose' over time. In which case, this is a perfectly reasonable explaination.

Cheaper tubes don't have removable valve cores, and they just break off when abused, which is the one to blame on your dad.
I'm generally sympathetic with dads.Spoke Wrench
Aug 12, 2002 8:39 AM
But in this case, I suspect that he's the guilty one.

I just finished handging up one of my own bikes by its front wheel. As often happens, I was forced to take extra care NOT to bump the valve stem on the ceiling hook. In the normal course of things, that's the part of the rim that wants to face up. Bump the valve stem a little too hard, and it will cut right at it's base.

Now here's how to keep it from ever happening again. Learn to take care of your bike yourself. Surely you're big enough to do that properly.
I'm generally sympathetic with dads.Monkeytown USA
Aug 12, 2002 9:24 AM
Thank you. And I would like to get the bike down myself and give it the treatment it deserves, but as soon as I told my dad I was going to get my bike down he ran out into the garage and did it himself. I guess it's because it hangs right above his new car. Oh well.