I got nailed

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by Wayne, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    My bikes have straight stems so I keep an air hose fitting on the bike because most of the gas stop air hoses are the long dual head types that won't fit vertical stems.
    My preferred default display is TPMS with the little snowflake warning being a close second. LOL

    Edit: The trucker nozzles unscrew, and your normal nozzle screws on easily, with a couple combo wrenches. You don't need a buddy to kink the air hose because the lever controls the air pressure and the nozzles are outside that. Don't forget to reverse the process as you'll probably need you little 'normal' nozzle again later on. I always keep an extra valve stem, valves cores, dust caps and valve lifter on the bike as I've been caught without...:mad:
     
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  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I was doing about 90 km/h in Labrador on the first when all the air went out of my front tire almost immediately. I was doing full tank slappers and looking at the ditch waiting to go in. I have no idea how I stayed upright but I was sure glad I did!

    this nail pincushioned the tube
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  3. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Geez, sounds pretty scary, glad you kept it upright.

    I also ordered a couple of new tools just before xmas to add to the toolkit to hopefully make tire work a little less painful (on road and garage).
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I have 3 or 4 tire levers that travel with me.
     
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Well-Known Member

    My old FJR had the OEM straight stems and they made it difficult to add air or even check pressure - brake rotors got in the way. The cast right angle stems make it MUCH easier but not recommended for TPMS sensors - the added weight of the sensor effectively pushes down on the end of the stem due to centrifugal force (especially if riding fast) and can cause leaks at the base. These are like the ones I have on my current FJR.
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    FOBO (among others) makes a three-way stem with a right angle fill that is designed for TPMS sensors. Not as good looking as the alloy stems but at least make checking pressures (and filling) easier. The sensors don't even have to come off to fill. (Sensor goes on the end of the straight part.)

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    Note: If you want an all-metal stem that is shorter than stock (easier access) they are available. A bunch of different ones out there - check for fit. These might make checking pressures easier but won't help with some of the fill nozzles. On the old FJR, the stems were fairly short but rubber and flexible enough to get a fill nozzle on to add air if necessary. I was always worried that I would cause a leak by bending the stem over to get the hose on it.

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  6. RossKean

    RossKean Well-Known Member

    Tube vs tubeless - no contest as far as I am concerned. A simple hole and slow leak in a tubeless tire and usually easily fixed using a sticky string vs a (potentially) shredded tube and rapid deflation. More difficult patch (or tube replacement) at the side of the road. (I understand that tubeless spoked wheels are not available for all bikes.)

    Good thing you kept it upright!!
     
  7. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Nice! Carrying my own air chuck is my go-to as it works well on tube tires too. Wouldn't mind having a few of those stems on hand tho.
    Got FOBO bookmarked... https://my-fobo.com/accessories
     
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    How the hell did I keep that load upright?
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  9. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    Do you have anything in the road kit to break the bead or going to rely on the kickstand method?
     
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I have a Motion Pro bead breaker, not that I know how to use it.:p
     
  11. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    This is what I have ordered, hopefully they'll do the trick. Small and lightweight for carrying on the bike.
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Such pucker moments will never happen unless you turn your GoPro OFF! DAMHIK:rolleyes:
     
  13. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    There's always luck involved but you're a skilled off-road rider too... I'd say that Mongolian sand riding practice helped. LOL

    Anyway, at least you knew what happened fairy soon afterwards, not like this guy... https://www.ducatiforum.co.uk/threads/warning-tyre-malfunction.52646/page-3

    Right off the dealer floor sporting a (Perrelli Scorpion Rally STR) tubeless tire with a tube in it on an un-banded spoked rim. Go figure.
     
  14. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    That happened 2 years before Mongolia but I'm sure the years of Mtn biking helped.
     
  15. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Toby Price on the Dakar showed a good tip in case you have a tear/slit in the tire, use some tape and zip ties to hopefully keep the tire intact and help you get to somewhere you can get the tire repaired or at least get you out of the woods to the pavement. Good tip to keep in mind. I always have a few zip ties on the bike but I've never seen any like he's using before though.

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  16. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    They look like metal ones Screenshot_20210111-191850_Chrome.jpg
     
  17. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    I have a few of those metal ones here in the garage somewhere. I should put them in the bike's toolkit.

    Found a better picture of the ties. Impressive he was able to finish that stage.

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  18. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Toby pinned it on that tire and still came in 2nd on the stage! Amazing the tire held! I always have zip ties on the bike and I have the good ones Zip Tie brand with the metal tooth.
     
  19. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    These are used extensively in our industry. We use Ty-Rap brand by Thomas & Betts. Never heard of "Zip Tie" brand. So handy to have around!
     
  20. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    New tire tools arrived yesterday, I'll post up my thoughts on them once I get a chance to use them. Probably not for a while yet though as I still haven't ordered my tires (can't decide on which ones I want). :rolleyes:
     

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