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2.2 Of Tires and Rims Strips

April 10, 2013

Psssssst! But, But, But, The Bike Is Just Sitting In my Computer Room!

I was sitting there, messing around on the computer, when Pow! Psssst! and the front tire on my bike became flatter than a pancake!

I had, just before the 30 mile ride yesterday, put a brand new tire and good tube on the wheel!  Now it was flat and it was clear that nice solid inner tube had a good sided hole in it!
How did this happen????

...Remove The Tire and Look, silly!

So I did.
With the tube out, it wasn't hard to find the hole:

That is one big hole!

  1. the tire is just fine right there!
    new tire, no hole....????
  2. Oh, the hole is on the inside! of the tube??

Not good, not good at all!

It's the Rim Tape!

Hole on inside... must be either:

  1. a pinch when I put the new tire on the day before... or
  2. the rim tape is "out of sorts" and not covering the spoke holes in the rim.

Part of the strip had gotten roll on top.
The picture shows the rim side with the spoke hole clearly shown.
The one on the left was the spoke hole that caused the tube hole.
Pretty obvious.

The good news is that I had gotten replacement rim strips a while ago...
The bad news is that I should have replaced the old ones when I changed the tires
since the it was several years old and getting brittle (as I can tell now).

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1   Introduction:Mud Splats on my bike
  April 05, 2012
2   Bike Experiences
  April 08, 2013
2.1   Checked Your Tires?
    April 09, 2013
2.2   Of Tires and Rims Strips
    April 10, 2013
2.3    Gu'y Wonder Legs!
    May 17, 2013
2.4    Of Aerobars
    May 24, 2013
2.5   A Long Distance Ride
    March 14, 2017
3   Bike Technique
  February 09, 2013
3.1   Shoulder Slalom
    February 09, 2013
4   Fueling
  February 25, 2015
4.1   Carb Loading, Sarb loading!
    January 21, 2014
4.2   Fattening Up The Greedy Piglets
    June 28, 2014
4.3   WSJ - Ease Up On Water
    February 24, 2015
4.4   NYT - Fats or Carbs?
    February 25, 2015
4.5   Hydration Bowel Cleansing
    June 20, 2015
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