New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Old Fools Journal: Flats or Why I think solid tires are a good idea.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. -Albert Einstein


My automobile let me down again but I knew it was coming as it has been warning me for sometime. I can be so dense these days. After all it is 24 years old, American made in the '80's and held together by rust so it is an antique here in the Gulf south. I needed to pick it up from the mechanic shop.  Even though the car has a bike rack I decided to take the folder. It rides good and is becoming my favorite ride because it folds and is so cute no one bats an eye when I roll it into a store. I do get a lot of questions. It is a little squirrelly for me but once I get used to it I make as good a time and I am just as comfortable on it as anything else. I would like a little longer wheelbase but then it would not be so compact when folded.
It is a nine mile ride and I averaged about 10 mph (16kph)which is normal for me on any of my bikes and that was with stopping and pumping up the tire five times.
So I picked up a little piece of metal on these roads here that are paved with broken glass, nails (I counted one per mile on this trip), and sharp pieces of stuff.  Couches, double sinks and toilets don't count as I can ride around them. I am not exaggerating.

Cat shit. A hazard when you have 10 cats.

It turned out that I had lots of little pieces of metal. Each chalk mark had one and there are six chalk marks. It's hard to see but there is one at the lower right.
It seemed like a good time to try something I have been going to do for a long time and since I had a fresh unusable tire from the last flat on the Schwinn I started cutting.
I cut a piece that fit snuggly in the folders 20 inch tire after first removing the bead containing the wire reinforcement. Easier said than done but at least I didn't cut myself nor did I get one of those ugly bruises to mar my perfect body that I seem to be afflicted with in my old age.
This is not the tire I'm working on, it is an example. The Popsicle stick is just to hold the inner tire open for demonstration. I had a heavier tube with slime that I put inside the inner tire. Maybe I'll  able to ride 10 miles without a flat.
Why do I only get flats on the rear?
While I had it apart I straightened this guard which seems to bend rather easily. It does protect the derailleur somewhat.
A new color coordinated hub cleaner made from the long pipe cleaners was in order.
If I could only have one bicycle it would be a folder.

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As I sit here at my desk looking out at the "small house" and listen to the progress of Hurricane Irene I am reminded of our own brushes with big storms over the last 18 years. I'm looking at storm damage from our last episode that is going on three years old and still not repaired. My attempt at finding a repair person has been futile and unsatisfying. I am unable to do it myself and because of that I get the feeling that those who wish to impress me with their ability talk too much. I'd rather not have it fixed than have it done by someone who talks a good game. I guess I should be more aggressive.
My feeling of anxiety, worry and apprehension return to remind me that those people in Irene's path are feeling that now. I don't envy them. The adrenaline rush is not worth it.
The media is so happy to have something to talk about that they are peeing on themselves. Hyping the storm to the max before, during and after passage is not news reporting. A reporter "reports". These people are more like "barkers" (as in side show barkers) making the situation into something it is not. The stupidity of standing outside in a moderate wind and trying to make it appear more dangerous than it actually is overwhelms me. I guess it comes from being raised on video games, tv and the artificial world of the movies instead of living outdoors and really seeing and feeling the world.


Never miss a good chance to shut up. -Will Rogers,

6 comments:

Dizzy-Dick said...

Man, I sure do agree. The media has always tried to make storms look worse than what they are. I have been in huricanes on the Atlantic east coast and the Gulf coast here in Texas. Some were real bad (like Ike) but most were hiped up way beyound what they were. The only high wind was coming from the media.

Johann Rissik said...

Nail on the head:
"The stupidity of standing outside in a moderate wind and trying to make it appear more dangerous than it actually is overwhelms me. I guess it comes from being raised on video games, tv and the artificial world of the movies instead of living outdoors and really seeing and feeling the world."
Maybe they even use those wind machines from the movies if the wind won't blow hard enough.

Ben in Texas said...

Yep, you preaching to the choir again, I totally agree about the news spewers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bBWBG9r2o

limom said...

It's reality TV.

Chandra said...

I need a hub cleaner. Thanks for the idea, Richard!!

Peace :)

Anonymous said...

"If I could only have one bicycle it would be a folder."
Totally agree. Mostly riding folders these days. badmother