Heavily loaded and 2-up travelling south on I-75 the other week.
Picked up a nail north of Cincinnati. Managed to get to the side, unload everything and pull out the untested “string-plug” kit and compressor to repair the rear tire.
Having only read about, but never done this before, I meticulously followed the packaging directions. -Ream out puncture to clean and roughen, insert string in tool and install 2/3 of way into tire before pulling tool out and trimming the string about ¼” out from the tread. -Re-inflated the tire, re-packed the cases and we were on our way.
The plug failed after about an hour or so, so I gave it another try. A short time later, same result. :headbang:
These plugs did not come with any rubber cement to coat with as I have since seen on some versions. I think they were supposed to be sticky enough that it wasn’t needed. The kit was purchased a few years ago, maybe 6 or 7, so perhaps there is a shelf-life? -Or maybe It was just that we were loaded down enough that it was beyond the capacity of the plugs to hold.
Any suggestions on what could have been going wrong?
Oh, and for the record, Noble’s Towing out of Corinth saved us. He had a flat-bed, treated the bike with kid gloves, and got us to a hotel and a bike shop in Lexington KY where we had to get a new tire. Noble’s was absolutely wonderful and managed to turn a really unpleasant experience into something almost...well, enjoyable...