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post #1 of 23 Old 10-31-2011, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Roadside Flat-Fixin'

Rode up to Big Lake today to check out the destruction to the homes and State Park caused by this Summer's floods after the place finally dried out. In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to travel off the beaten path to take pictures since they had to clear a foot of mud, sand and debris off the roads. A lot of cabins were destroyed, so I'm sure there was lumber and nails and stuff everywhere before they bladed off the roads.

I'd travelled about 20 miles heading home when one of the local "Ancient Ones" pulled out in front of me and was driving about 30 miles an hour. I was tempted to pass, but figured "What the hell? It's a nice day and I'm no hurry" so I just stayed behind her.

Coming up a long grade, the rear end started shimmying and as soon as I felt it I knew I'd run over something in the flood debris. Fortunately, at the top of the hill is a closed truck stop with lots of pavement.

I limped the last 50 yards or so to the truck stop and squeezed between two barriers to get into the empty parking lot.

I'd been pretty much hauling ass and negotiating some pretty good curves before I got stuck behind that old woman driving so slow. Fate? Perhaps. The tire could have deflated at a much worse time. Just past that truck stop, I was going to be doing a 4-mile jaunt down the Interstate at 70mph or so.

I figured since I had my camera along, I'd just chronicle the experience.

Here you can see the head of the nail that penetrated my tire. It went in the side of one of the knobs and must have been almost parallel with the inside surface of the tire and outside surface of the tube. That would explain why the tire lasted so long after I ran over it before the tube failed. It must have been rubbing on the inner tube while I was riding until the tube blew. It was one of those "Ultra Heavy Duty" tubes. Wonder if it lasted a little longer because of the extra thickness? I guess there's no way of knowing that.

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Up on the Eagle Mike Quick-Jack with the tire removed. I was lucky. It was about 70 and sunny and it was nice having all that pavement around.

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Getting one side of the tire off. As soon as I started looking for it, I remembered I'd taken the 6" aluminum c-clamp that I use for a bead breaker out of one of my bags and hadn't put it back in. Fortunately, the tires had only been on since April so I was able to break the bead with the spoons. I guess I'm lucky the bead held long enough for me to get off the road and into the parking lot without breaking loose on its own.

I sacrificed my FieldSheer mesh jacket as a pad on the concrete to protect the wheel/sprocket.

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The new tube, talced and ready to go in. I didn't bother trying to patch the nail hole in the tire itself. This Winter, I'll take the tire back off and see if I can even find the hole and deal with it then.

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New tube is in and the tire's hooked up to the Slime compressor to inflate. Good time for a smoke as this takes quite awhile.

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This was the culprit: a galvanized nail about two inches long.

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This is what happened to the inner tube.

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A dirty-ass job. Need to add some baby wipes to the tool kit, much preferable to using a stream of my own urine like I had to today. "Adapt, improvise, overcome."

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This whole process took about an hour and 20 minutes, but I was taking my time because I didn't want to pinch the tube or something and then wait for my wife to get off work to bring me another one. Rode 15 more miles back home with no problems. By the way, thanks for the inner tube, Mark: it's the one I used.




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post #2 of 23 Old 10-31-2011, 04:01 PM
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Dude nice job… You made it look easy… I have more trouble that that just wiping and flushing
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This is a shot of the piles of sand they had to clear from the road going in to Big Lake. It was deposited there by the Missouri River this Summer. If any of you guys read about the Missouri State Trooper Water Patrolman who disappeared into the flood waters, that happened near here. They found his K-9 companion dog's body the next day, but they're still looking for him. Bad deal.

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My jacket in the aftermath of the tire change. I should really find something else to carry to use for this purpose.

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My vanquished foe before I departed the parking lot. Sorry, it's a little blurry. It still strikes me how this flat could have been really bad before or after the spot on my travels where it occurred. I'll continue to think that old woman driving so slow pulled out in front of me for a reason.

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Dude nice job… You made it look easy… I have more trouble that that just wiping and flushing
Thanks, Crazy Jake. I got lucky with the nice day, plenty of time and the perfect spot to do it. Whenever I change tires, I do it exactly like this, with the Quick-Jack and tools I carry on the KLR. That way, when I have to do it somewhere I'd really rather not, it's familiar territory for me.

Of course, it's a lot easier when you just break one side of the tire loose and put a new inner tube in.

Had this happened 5 miles further down the road on the shoulder of the Interstate, or in the grass near it, it would have really sucked. I had shit scattered everywhere and it was all easy to find on the concrete when I was done.



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Looks like you were well prepared (minus the BB wipes). Any words of wisdom on getting the valve stem back through the rim? Always seems to be a pita for me.

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Ah the things that turn a ride into and adventure,....

Boy that picture of the tube was a surprise. I've got 2 tubes sitting on a bench at my shop. I've only been bringing patches with me, not anymore. I would sure be bummed finding a tear like that after pulling everything apart with only patches as my way out.

The piles of sand are crazy. Any other pictures of what the flood left behind? I'd be interested in taking a look.
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Looks like you were well prepared (minus the BB wipes). Any words of wisdom on getting the valve stem back through the rim? Always seems to be a pita for me.
I use one of those valve stem fishing tools. They're pretty handy.



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Ah the things that turn a ride into and adventure,....

Boy that picture of the tube was a surprise. I've got 2 tubes sitting on a bench at my shop. I've only been bringing patches with me, not anymore. I would sure be bummed finding a tear like that after pulling everything apart with only patches as my way out.

The piles of sand are crazy. Any other pictures of what the flood left behind? I'd be interested in taking a look.
The pictures really don't do it justice. All the structures are still there, but unless people had enough sense to put them up on 10-foot foundations, after sitting in 7 feet of water for almost three months, they're all wasted. It will be cheaper just to demolish and rebuild rather than fix them. There wasn't much of a flow to the water in this area: the buildings just all got saturated. In other areas where there was a current, steel grain bins crumpled like pop cans and there are now 50-foot deep ponds that weren't there before.

This used to be a kind of restaurant across the road from the state park where people went to get fast food, ice cream, etc. People used to hang out and drink in party in that elevated boat cabin thing.

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I kept looking around for Neil Armstrong and lunar lander. It's like a moonscape out there.

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This is supposed to be brown and green, not gray. All the farmers got about two feet of sand deposited into their fields. What they'll do about it, I don't know. Doubt any of them will plant next year.

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Here are some of the lakeside structures/cabins.

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Looks like you were well prepared (minus the BB wipes). Any words of wisdom on getting the valve stem back through the rim? Always seems to be a pita for me.
Throw a couple of pairs of the mechanics latex gloves in your kit.

Here's what I do with the valve stem:

Insert the partially inflated tube into the tire. Stand the tire vertical with the valve at the bottom. Set the rim down on the stem and thread the nut on a couple of turns. May need to pull the tube up out of the tire a bit to get the valve stem through the hole. Work one side of the tire on part of the way while it's vertical (enough to hold the tire on the rim when you flip it horizontal).

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nice work there.. good job... glad to see you were prepared.
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