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Puzzling statement from Tyler's TDF Diary... (spoiler)(4 posts)

Puzzling statement from Tyler's TDF Diary... (spoiler)biknben
Jul 10, 2003 6:16 AM
This comment was made regarding the CSC team after Sunday's crash.

"After Stage 1 our mechanics were busy late into the evening gluing tires. Every rider on the team flatted his rear wheel from braking so hard to avoid the crash."

Has this happened to anyone here? Were the flats due to overheating or treadware from a skid? I remember blowing a tire as a kid from skidding. But that was due to a lot of skidding. Certainly not ONE skid on a NEW tire.
it could easily happenColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 6:42 AM
they are likely running super lightweight tires that can be quickly affected by an emergency skid. wouldn't take much to flat if you laid into the brakes hard with a tire like that.
Happened to me - last nightalansutton
Jul 10, 2003 9:34 AM
a lapped rider fell in front of the pack, and I'm sure everyone was thinking of TDF Stage 1. I put all my weight on the back wheel and grabbed my brakes as hard as I could. Cost me a $50 tubular. I saw one guy with a broken brake cable and another with front flat after running over someones chainring.
So was it from the skid...biknben
Jul 10, 2003 12:47 PM
I realize it can happen. I thought it was strange that it happened to ALL the members of the CSC team. Assuming it happened to even more riders, that must have sounded like a damn fireworks diplay.

So what happened in your case? The tire dragged until it wore through to the thread, then exploded? I have worn a flat spot in a tubular tire due to a skid. I guess I should be thankfull I let go of the brake when I did.