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post #1 of 13 Old 08-09-2011, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Got any photos of the worst road you have travelled? Yesterday, I attempted to reach a scenic lookout in Northern Ontario, it resembled a dry river bed and I had to settle on "half way up". Later in the ride, found that the tube had been pinched.





Check out the "item" used to keep the front wheel off the ground. Thankfully I had a newly stocked tool tube, a spare tube and a centre stand.


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post #2 of 13 Old 08-09-2011, 10:44 PM
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That section looks like a challenge, any thoughts of a second attempt? Was that your first in the field tire repair? how did it go, any advice?

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-10-2011, 12:10 AM
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Egads! Don't know if I'd try that one or not. It would definitely intimidate me.

Nice shot of the tire repair in progress and good use of your helmet.



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Jesus, that road looks miserable. I hate to even say it cause it is so neat, but are you worried at all about whether that weight damaged the integrity of the helmet?




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Got any photos of the worst road you have travelled? Yesterday, I attempted to reach a scenic lookout in Northern Ontario, it resembled a dry river bed and I had to settle on "half way up". Later in the ride, found that the tube had been pinched.





Check out the "item" used to keep the front wheel off the ground. Thankfully I had a newly stocked tool tube, a spare tube and a centre stand.

Where is this in Northern Ontario?

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Yes, that was my first field repair. Funny thing is, I had just received my order for tire irons and had just installed my tool tube with updated tools. Everything went smoothly. It's just the axle bolt and loosen the 4 pinch bolts and off she comes. If there is any advice, I would say to buy 3 tire irons, it will be much easier. When you put the wheel back on, push down on the front end and apply the brakes a few times to set the wheel in place. As I am from northern Ontario, you can see I wrap my tools in a hockey sock!

No second attempt, it's hard to see the actual grade from the photos but it was about 50 degrees so it was hard to get traction. The road is near Gogama, Ontario, close to the 48th parallel. The new Richochet bash plate also got good use, I would have destroyed the original plastic one.

That's my buddy's helmet and it is pretty beat up to begin with but there really is not much weight on it with the centre stand (thank you SW Motech), just needed to stop the front end from falling.

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Duh! Didn't see the center stand. My bad.




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Now that my bike has some road rash down the right side…. I would gladly take that road….

How hard was the tube change?
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Yes, that was my first field repair. Funny thing is, I had just received my order for tire irons and had just installed my tool tube with updated tools. Everything went smoothly. It's just the axle bolt and loosen the 4 pinch bolts and off she comes. If there is any advice, I would say to buy 3 tire irons, it will be much easier. When you put the wheel back on, push down on the front end and apply the brakes a few times to set the wheel in place. As I am from northern Ontario, you can see I wrap my tools in a hockey sock!

No second attempt, it's hard to see the actual grade from the photos but it was about 50 degrees so it was hard to get traction. The road is near Gogama, Ontario, close to the 48th parallel. The new Richochet bash plate also got good use, I would have destroyed the original plastic one.

That's my buddy's helmet and it is pretty beat up to begin with but there really is not much weight on it with the centre stand (thank you SW Motech), just needed to stop the front end from falling.
Sounds even worse when you describe how steep it is. It's hard to translate that with photos. It would be bad enough if it was pretty much flat, but with a grade like that, it's daunting.



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post #10 of 13 Old 08-12-2011, 09:08 AM
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I'd been debating about getting a center stand. If you were able to traverse that road and still had a center stand left to use to remove and reinstall your front tire, I need no further proof that they're a good idea. "Mute Testimony," as they say.



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