Flat — again!

You got a minute? I just want to state the obvious.

If you read my recent post, Flat Out of Luck, you know I’m a reluctant changer-of-tire.

Oh, I can do it. I have done it.

But I don’t want to do it. Any more than absolutely, can’t possibly avoid it, necessary.

I’m not the only one right? Right? (You know, if you leave me stewing in this deafening silence, my self-image is going to take a hit.)

Anyway, back to stating the obvious.

The debate I mentioned in Flat Out of Luck is whether rubber patches, either the vulcanizing or adhesive-backed kind, will stick to heavy-duty inner tubes. Some say no; some say yes. My experience, and my photos, sided with the “Yes” camp.

Debate resolved? Sure looks like it’s adhering to that heavy-duty tube.

But when he woke up the very next day…

That is, until the next day, when I attempted to roll the bike out of the stable. And the rear was flat like road kill. Again.

Hello, “No” camp.

So I repeated the re and re process (well, I did admit I need the practice so…) and discovered this:

Failed inner tube patch
Peeling patch

Slime Skab patch failed

Seems the patch deformed and peeled off due to the heat and flexing of the 100 kilometres that took me out of the bush and back to the garage.

Debate resolved

Okay, now the debate is resolved: patches do adhere to heavy-duty tubes. And they do it as long as you don’t actually ride on them.

Everybody was right. Yeah, everybody!

Except for me. No “Yeah, Kevin!” for me. Instead there is just the stating the obvious part for which you have been so patiently waiting.

This whole dolorous tale of misery began with me hammering through sharp-edged rock as fast my mediocre skill allows a 150 kilogram bike to be piloted; and since my traction-loving self runs tires aired-down to a lovely squishiness, it was consequently obvious that I had flatted as a consequence of pinching the tube.

Consequently, I didn’t employ the old feel-around-inside-the-tire before-you-reinstall-a-punctured-tube maneuver.

Ready for the obvious yet?

Big frickin’ brad nail.

brad nail tire puncture
I don’t remember inviting Brad to come along on my ride….

Still there, still in the same relative position to the inner tube it had punctured…still chewing away at the patch I had installed without checking for foreign bodies inside the tire. (I say “foreign bodies” because I’m otherwise likely to employ alternate words that begin with the letter “f”.)

The patch had, in fact, adhered quite nicely to the heavy-duty tube. The patch had, indeed, valiantly maintained a pressurized state in its new BFF (heavy-duty tube) as long as it could, while its new nemesis (bone-headed rider) overlooked the obvious.

This is the obvious, and I’m going to state it: always check inside the tire for foreign bodies when you repair a puncture!


Oh, and also, F^@#!

2 Replies to “Flat — again!”

  1. F^@#! ‘in obvious! You’re lookin pretty sheepish; hiding between those rocks! Considering that this story was just about a tire change, it was mighty intense!

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