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2010-10-02 12:55 PM

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Subject: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
had one of my long rides today in prep for 70.3.  about 35 miles from the car.  i got a first flat no problem.  i had 2 tubes with me.  fix it and i am on my way 5 min later.  as i am heading home.  2nd flat...little nervous.  no problem i fix it another 5 min wasted oh well....

about 5 min i get 3 third flat.  a random rider stopped and gave me his tube and pump.  thank god....i would have to either wait for some to drive me or walk some 25 miles back.

  i rode home on rear at 80 psi.  wow i was nervous.  but just want to thank that random rider that helped out today. 

still managed to throw down a good ride.

Edited by trix 2010-10-02 12:57 PM


2010-10-02 3:17 PM
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Subject: RE: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
You rock!

It's easy to get disheartened--THREE FLATS!--but you "still managed to throw down a good ride."

I love awesome strangers.
2010-10-02 7:39 PM
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Subject: RE: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
Been there.  Glad you got home OK!

I had almost the opposite experience a few weeks ago.  Some guy and his buddy were stopped on the side of the road.  So I slow down and ask 'need anything?'.  Log story short -- they did, but wouldn't hear of me giving them a tube and a cartridge.  We're deep into an army base with no civilian cars (generally) allowed, so they've got quite a walk ahead of them, and still refuse help.  Weird.  I gave the tube and a cartridge to them and rode off.  I sure hope they used it.
2010-10-02 11:21 PM
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Subject: RE: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
might be time to check on that rim tape....
2010-10-03 3:15 AM
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Subject: RE: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
newbz - 2010-10-03 12:21 PM might be time to check on that rim tape....


x2 ... rim tape breaks/edges/peels/etc. are the #1 suspect here, if you haven't already ID'ed what caused all the flats.
2010-10-05 8:43 AM
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Subject: RE: 3 flats 1 ride....thank you random stranger
I had an almost identical experience a few years ago. My situation was compounded by a cell phone low on juice and my wife who had no idea where I was and couldnt find me. I truly felt screwed. 15 miles from home. No phone. And in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, it was a route frequented by a lot of cyclists. I was actually starting to picture myself taking a long walk home in bike shoes. Some nice guy stopped by with an extra tube and made sure I got on my way.

For this reason, I now carry a good patch kit and 2 or 3 tubes. Funny enough, about a week or two later, I came across some poor soul who needed a tube and I was able to pay it forward. It hasnt happened since.


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