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post #1 of 18 Old 09-07-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Flat Tire - I got lucky

Took a ride yesterday. Weather was mediocre, in and out of rain, lots of wind. But I was enjoying a lot of great roads to myself. About 150 miles later during a pretty nice sun break I stopped at a convenience store in the middle of no where to grab a diet coke. I come out of the store and was enjoying the diet coke. The bike was backed in, I was standing behind it. All of a sudden I notice a huge staple with one side bent over and well into my tire. I'm talking about a staple with sides the size of a framing nail. Not sure what it was used for.

I gave it a quick tug and it didn't come out. I had some more diet coke and considered my options. I had about 40 miles to home, and based on the size of the staple I didn't think I had a chance. Opened my top case and did a quick inventory. I had a Yamaha branded patch kit with plugs, CO-2 cartridges, and a reamer and plug tool. I also had a slime pump, but I had not yet wired an SAE connector on to the Wee. I also had a Nealy plug kit with tool. I figured with all that I should be able to plug it and get it home.

I pushed the bike to a spot out of the way and got to work. The staple was in the tire at about a 45 degree angle, and it took quite a bit of effort to get it out. Once it was out, a quick woosh and the the tire was mostly flat. I elected to plug with the Nealy kit. Quick and simple, push the plug in, give 1 1/2 turns, pull it out until the tip of the insertion tool was showing, now cut the plug. Hmmm. No knife. No Scissors. No diagonal pliers. In the store I go, and I manage to borrow a pair of scissors. A quick snip and I return the scissors. Plug in, time for air.

The kit I had has about a two inch hose with one end that you attach to the tire valve, the other screws into the cylinder and when tightened punctures the seal. Ok, screw on to the CO2 until it just touches the piercing tool, screw it onto the valve stem. Gloves on, carefully twist the CO2 cartridge. Pssst. Cartridge empties, but seems like most of it goes into the atmosphere. Repeat this with three of my four cartridges only to realize that the little two inch hose leaks at one of the connections. Sigh. Cool, but a waste of $38 'cause it just doesn't work.

No worries, I've got the slime pump. No SAE connector though. Ok, I have the long cord with two SAE connectors on each end that came with the pump. One end connects to the pump, the other to your battery tail when you have one. I figure I'll cut the cable and just wire it direct to the battery. Only downside is no fuse, but I think I'll be ok. Ughhh. No knife, no scissors, ... Back into the store to borrow the scissors again. Cut the cable, run the scissor back in. Remove the insulation with teeth. Wire to the battery, connect to the pump, connect pump to the tire. Turn it on. All is well. I was surprised how quickly it got up to 40 lbs. Not more than about 3-4 minutes. Wait five minutes, check pressure. All good. :-)

I cleaned up and was on the road. Plug held just fine. I'm the paranoid type, I'm going to replace the tire. $125 to not think about the plug every time I ride is worth it to me.

So, lucky, in the sense that had I not noticed the staple at the store I would have had a much more difficult time fixing it on the side of the road without the scissors.

Upon arriving at home I wired in the SAE pig tail to my battery. I use that for the pump and battery tender on all my bikes. I mended the slime pump power cord, and I put a pocket knife in the slime case. My Nealy kit was about two years old, I ordered a new one. They say they last, but it's not a lot of money to have a fresh one. Hopefully it will be another two years before I have to use it. I'm going to get a mountain bike pump to back up the slime kit, and use CO2 for whipped cream, not tire inflation.

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-07-2009, 08:36 PM
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i would have riden home at a safe speed with the staple still in the tire . then fixed it at home . just because if for some reason i couldnt fix the flat i wouldnt have to find away to get the bike home .

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glad you made it home safe, I'm not a fan of the CO2 either. The slime pump is great, it fits right under the seat too. I have a cheap tire plug kit that is just like the Nealy kit. Its good that you repaired the tire at the store, you never know what could have happened with a flat tire. A cheap pocket knife is always great to keep in your tool kit.
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Hmmmm... do I have pocket knife under the seat? Grumble, grumble... if I can't remember that's probably not a good sign. :shock:

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That got me thinking. Oh ya, got scissors in the 1st aid kit.

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You must be a distant relative of mine or something because I also picked up a nail in my back tire last Friday. Just a small one and I noticed it after changing my oil and adjusting my chain. I plugged it and it seems to be holding fine. I was at Dicks sports store last night and while looking for something for my wife I noticed they had a bunch of bike hand pumps on clearance for $10. I picked up the high volume one and it fits under my seat with no problem. I had to make a small notch in the front of the storage compartment to get the pump in there without scraping. I am also going to replace the tire when the snow flies. Oh yeah, I also put my plug kit in there so if anything happens on the road, I should be able to get it going again.

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Hmmmm... do I have pocket knife under the seat? Grumble, grumble... if I can't remember that's probably not a good sign. :shock:

Thanks for the post!

Shame on y'all for not having something as simple as a Spyderco Ladybug on your keychains, when you have plug kits galore!

But really you ought to have a Delica or Endura in your pocket--or at least in your case or under your seat! C'mon, these things are incredibly useful and can bail you out so gracefully, and they cost next to nothing and can be kept with you unobtrusively! I also travel with a Leatherman Wave, which would have not only taken care of the plug ends six different ways, it would have made light work of the staple removal.

Glad it worked out all right.

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Note to self: don't put off ordering the Leatherman any longer.

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Shame on y'all for not having something as simple as a Spyderco Ladybug on your keychains, when you have plug kits galore!
So I went and checked... I was way ahead of myself about a year ago when I got my bike - there was a Leatherman under the seat! I did see that there were no zip ties so I threw a few in.

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That got me thinking. Oh ya, got scissors in the 1st aid kit.
Are you sure? I assumed I did too. I opened it up, and found a spliter remover, and some safety pins. No scissors. I use an Adventure Medical Ultralight .9. Seems to be pretty comprehensive, but no scissors.

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