Bikus Interruptus

Heading out the Greenway as usual, minding my own business. Suddenly heard loud explosion under me. I know that sound. Bike began to wobble. I pulled over. Rear tube blew out explosively, pushing tire off rim. I carried the injured Ogre back to the Big Fish, turned it upside down in the shade, and tended its wounds. 

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

12 response to "Bikus Interruptus"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 1, 2021

    Needless to say “What a revolting development” that was!
    What do you suppose caused that to happen?
    Most of my wheels are not ‘hooked’ or crocheted I guess they call it — so I run pressures well below what the tire states.
    I’m certain that isn’t the case with the Ogre.
    Strange. Good thing you are prepared for such a contingency.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 2, 2021

      What do you suppose caused that to happen?

      When I replaced tires a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t replace tubes, so they were at least two years old. Also possible I might have nicked or otherwise weakened the tube at that time. Plus, I topped it off with a little extra air pressure immediately before this ride. Maybe one of more of those issues? Other than that, I don’t really know.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: June 1, 2021

    Wow, glad you didn’t crash. I remember a similar thing happening. I had just finished a ride and had walked into the house from our attached garage. I heard a sound that sounded like a gunshot, and went back out to find my rear tire blown off the rim just like that. I remember thinking how lucky I was to not be out on the road when it happened.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 2, 2021

      Yep, sounded like gunshot. Fortunately, I was on flat bike path, moving slowly, no one else around. And very close to a shady, comfortable spot to deal with it.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: June 1, 2021

    Yow! I’ve had a memorable explosive flat before, but never one that actually blew the tire off. So glad you weren’t on some remote gravel road in Death Valley.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 2, 2021

      Last month I had my first flat (didn’t blow tire off rim) in over two years while I was on very remote road into Death Valley. No chance of assistance there. This time help would have been a phone call away if needed, but it was no big deal. Still very annoying!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 2, 2021

    A lot of folks are going tubeless these days, not me, I hate change.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 2, 2021

      At one point I spent some time and effort converting the Ogre to tubeless, but wasn’t satisfied with results. I ended up reverting to tubes. If I had a real mountain bike and did that kind of riding, I think I’d go tubeless, but I like the Ogre the way it is.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 2, 2021

        Automobiles with the real deal wire wheels run tubes, but that is a different scenario than Mtn bikes avoiding pinch flats,

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 2, 2021

      Fortunately, the tire (mounted it last month) doesn’t seem to be damaged, so it went right back into action. The tube, on the other hand, was ripped open for at least 18 inches. That would have been rather difficult to patch! And that’s why I always carry a spare tube. 🙂

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 2, 2021

        RJ the Bike Guy tried fixing such a torn tube with Flex Tape, didn’t work.

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