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crappy day in the saddle (again)(10 posts)

crappy day in the saddle (again)The Human G-Nome
Aug 31, 2002 5:00 PM
i wake up this morning and i'm out the door by 8. simple 50 mile trek from the Haight in SF to San Mateo. my girlfriend leers at me:

"Again? You're going again?!?"
"I'll be back in a few hours, no sweat... you won't even know I'm gone. Here, I'll even take the damn cell phone with me so you can call me or I can call you once I reach San Mateo."

no reponse. i take the patch repair kit out of the saddle bag and insert the cell phone. don't ask me what i was thinking, i must have been drugged. the way down to SM is a breeze. my legs are fresh, the day is beautiful... once i hit Burlingame, however, i'm run off the road - twice! no harm done, not the end of the world. there would be no expletives on such a fine day. i stop at a gas station for a piss break and then i'm on the cursed cell phone...

"I'll be home in less then an hour and a half. Everything alright?"
"Whatever, I don't care when you get home but when you do get here, you'll find a list of chores sitting on your computer.... deal with it"

the list contained nothing special as it would turn out later... clean the bathroom floor from where i spilled shaving cream all over the place from the morning. scrub the kitchen floor from you stupid poker game "LAST FREAKIN" FRIDAY!" scrub the toilet.

but here i am on my bike on this perfect day for riding and i'm feeling guilty for some reason. somehow, i'm letting it spoil my day. i hit the 40 mile park and i'm now on the 35 North along Highway 1 and, just like magic, my rear tire blows. i am on the freeway and there is nothing around for miles. i end up hikin' it to the nearest mini-mall (about 2 miles) and call myself a $35 cab ride back to my apartment and "the list".

my question: i am SICK of so many flats. sure, it was my own damn fault for not being prepared in the first place, but what combination of tire/tube can someone recommend that's not going to result in a flat every 3rd day?

thanks in advance.
Bad hair daypaulj
Aug 31, 2002 5:25 PM
What kind of tire,tube,rimstrip are you using now? I wrote myself a list for this weekend. Ride,drink beer,take a nap,ride,watch tv,relax,ride.....
ditto,only add eat pizza.STEELYeyed
Aug 31, 2002 5:34 PM
Bad hair dayThe Human G-Nome
Sep 1, 2002 8:15 AM
i'm riding a set of Vittoria Corsas. thanks for the advice. i'm definitely going to be picking out all of the garbage i find stuck in my tires after the ride and will be doing a little investigation re: the recommendations.

What set-up are you riding?riney
Aug 31, 2002 5:27 PM
This could lead to some clues as to why you are flatting so much.
Try thispaulj
Aug 31, 2002 8:02 PM
I go over my tire after every ride and pick out small pieces of glass and sharp rock from the cuts. I even pulled out a staple last week. Since I've been doing this it has cut down on flats dramitically.....
Well, it's better than a good day at work... nmspyderman
Aug 31, 2002 9:55 PM
re: crappy day in the saddle (again)Me Dot Org
Aug 31, 2002 10:17 PM
Highway 35 is really tough on tires. (I ususally go north to Fairfax or Lagunitas). My recommendation for puncture-resistant tires is Panaracer Pasela TGs. These tires run narrow the 25s are like 23s, the 23s like 21s.

They have good rolling resistance for touring tires, not as good as racing tires, but they are a lot more puncture resistant.
re: crappy day in the saddle (again)Dragon33
Sep 1, 2002 5:22 AM
Continental Gatorskin tire are the only way to go. You will get lots of miles out of them and almost flat proof. I run over everything with them just because I can.
re: crappy day in the saddle (again)The Human G-Nome
Sep 1, 2002 9:09 AM

i found 2 ultragatorskins + 2 tubes for $42 american + shipping/carriage. excellent price!