forest of dean on my roady - drafting behind a car at about 40mph around a slight corner, hit a rock which caused explosive loss of air from front tyre sending me straight ahead across the front of an oncoming coach and into a huge bramble bush (probably saved my life) - plus side, coach driver made me a cup of tea and a lift back to my car!
Where was your most annoying puncture?
Pinch flat at bike park wales on my 2nd run of the day. I'd left my bag in the car so I had to walk all the way back down to fix it, then my pump wouldn't work. I was right near the top when this happened as well.
At the Cornwall national XC round a few weeks ago.
First my chain dropped off on the 2nd lap when I was sitting in 6th, and a few people that I knew I could beat came past. So I got all annoyed and pushed too hard on the descent, and put a hole in my rear tyre. So I blasted some gas in it, which got me around to the tech area, where I changed the wheel. My other wheels had heavier, tougher tyres on, so I thought I'd be alright from then on.
But I punctured again, in the same sodding place, going through a bit of water with some submerged rocks. I decided to put a tube in that time, as I only had one gas canister left. The time that this took threw any hope of a good result out of the window, but at least I'd be able to finish the race.
Nope. I hadn't managed to get enough pressure in the tube, and pinch flatted the bastard. So I kind of gave up there, and ran back to the finish, coming in second last.
Saturday Morning. Offspring was showboating and got a snakebite.Was lucky not to total the rim.
Stopped to fix it and the mosquitoes descended. I rushed and ballsed up one of the patches somehow. Got about 100 meters and had to do it all again. One day soon it will be everyman for himself and no longer "Daaadd, can you help me"
We both look like John Merrick today. But through the itching he managed to get a first place in the Victorian Trials series(novice cat with adults in too). Proud Dad time and I expect my days as the resident bike hero of the household are numbered.
About 5 miles from my car in Ae, tacod the rim on my front and had to push my bike back all the way on the back wheel. My mates all went on to finish the ride, bamsticks! lol
A few months ago. Had a bit of decent weather for a change and went out on the MTB for a relatively long ride after just short fast rides and turbo sessions.
Planned a ride along the canals then a stop off at a pub as it was going dark then potter back along the roads.
Back tyre went spongy so slow puncture I thought. Put a tube in, check tyre for thorns nothing so set off again. 10 mins later same scenario, check tyre nothing in it and it's really getting close to dark now so just decide to pump it up as much as I can and hope for best.
Same again. Another tube more checking of the tyre and nothing in it. By this time I'd given up and started heading home. Same again. Turns out there was a tiny split in the sidewall and I mean really tiny and it was pushing the tube through.
Stuck a tyre boot in and set off on my last tube and patch. Got me home but wasted about an hour and half of messing about.
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