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Thanks CHUM, I owe you 1..... literally.
That buck saved me from walking those last 5 miles back to town.
Thanks also to Plim and K-less for sticking with me while I hobble back to town.

-Dan
 

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That happened to me on my first trip to Downieville. I got 2 flats. the second was a big tear in the sidewall. I used a power bar wrapper and a couple of patches to fix it. It took quite a while to fix because my riding partner had the only pump and it took him a while to realize that I wasn't with him and he had to climb back up to help.. I was carrying the CO2, and since my first 2 attempts at repair failed, empty cartridges. The tear occurred on the Second Divide, I believe. Now I always carry paper money on rides.... that being one reason.

I forgot to mention that to you prior to your trip:eek: I decided that I would try to run tubeless at DV or at least use a tire with good sidewalls, like a Sturdy. Conti Verticals suck at DV. Now I know to avoid the Nevegals, too :D
 

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I've done a few solo Big Boulder rides in the past 5-6 years and always carry an extra tire on the back of my Camelbak. Powerbar, Cliffbar wrappers, dollar bills, etc work well for sidewall rips, if they are not to severe. You can also, as a last resort, stuff the tire casing with leaves, pine needles, etc to get you going.
 

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Not a problem Dan....I was actually curious to see how well it would work - now I know it works pretty good :thumbsup:

Catcha on some rides next week.

dan51 said:
Thanks CHUM, I owe you 1..... literally.
That buck saved me from walking those last 5 miles back to town.
Thanks also to Plim and K-less for sticking with me while I hobble back to town.

-Dan
 

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I had to use this trick a few years ago.
I always have a doller bill in my patch kit now.
 

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dan51 said:
I thought it was Ky-easel?

Glad to see you back falling, um, I mean riding with the other kids again...

That cliff was so weak. You could've fallen in a different place all the way down to the river.
 

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Ebo said:
You can also, as a last resort, stuff the tire casing with leaves, pine needles, etc to get you going.
Have you ever tried that?

I read some article 350 years ago that suggested such a thing. I was about a year later that I found myself with a bad pinch flat and no means to repair it. i remembered the article and spent some time collecting leaves, needles, and duff. After a good hour and a half, I realized that whomever wrote the article was playing a really bad joke. I wound up walking for another hour before it occurred to me to tie a knot in my tube at the puncture so it would hold air. It kinda worked... at least my tire stayed on the rim and I was able to hobble the last mile out of the woods where I came across a helpful sort with a spare tube.
 

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Have you ever tried that?

I read some article 350 years ago that suggested such a thing. I was about a year later that I found myself with a bad pinch flat and no means to repair it. i remembered the article and spent some time collecting leaves, needles, and duff. After a good hour and a half, I realized that whomever wrote the article was playing a really bad joke. I wound up walking for another hour before it occurred to me to tie a knot in my tube at the puncture so it would hold air. It kinda worked... at least my tire stayed on the rim and I was able to hobble the last mile out of the woods where I came across a helpful sort with a spare tube.
I think this is just to fix a rip in the tire, not to fix a tube. a new tube will only last about 1 min off road with nothing to protect it, so ya if i had to I would stuff some leaves between the tube and tire to fill the gap, and protect the tube.

But it would be kinda cool to patch a tube with a leaves and tree sap. Ill give it a try next time I flat. but just to be sure Ill still have a real patch kit, extra tube, and a doller in my pack at all times. :)
 

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Try telling that to the folks I rode with last Saturday.
The tires roll well and grip fairly well. I've used them for years. I currently have a Vert Protection on one of my bikes. I just will not take them anywhere near Downieville.

I was referring to the sidwalls propensity to tear when they even see a sharp rock from a distance. Obviously everyone likes what they like, but in 4 trips to Downieville in the last few of years... I've had 4 flats and 2 sidewalls ripped out. I used Sturdys...no torn sidewalls. Panaracer Fire XC Pros.. same deal. 2 rides with Conti Verts and 2 ripped sidewalls and 3 flats.

The Conti Verts have very thin sidewalls. Maybe the Vertical Protection might be OK, but I'll reserve the Verts for trails without sharp rocks, thank you :)
 
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