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post #1761 of 2705 Old 10-13-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Good thinking. Since I can't see anything obvious, I'll have to go over it carefully to try to figure out what caused the problem.
Wipe the inside of the tire with a napkin. The napkin will snag anything poking through the tire. Old bicycle trick.

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post #1762 of 2705 Old 10-13-2013, 08:20 PM
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Check the valve stem/core for a slow leak. They can get loose or have a piece of debris caught in the valve like in a carb needle and seat. Soapy water is your friend!
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post #1763 of 2705 Old 10-13-2013, 08:24 PM
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I had 3 consecutive flats on my rear tire.
First fix found a "small' leak that looked like, maybe, a defect in the tube. Put new tube in, and it went flat in a couple of days.

Second time, the shop pulled tube out, and felt around inside the tire. ( they didn’t inspect the inside of tire the first time.) There was a "tiny" piece of wire protruding less than 1/8". It was hiding right next to a knob, and was almost invisible. I had patched my original tube, so it was used in the tire.

I had put in the "original patched" tube, and it went flat again!
The patch leaked!! (Bad cement job ) put in a new tube and it lasted until I wore the tire out.

I guess this is what they refer to as “a comedy of errors”
~ Shop for not inspecting the inside on the first change.
~ Me for trying to get by with a patched tube.

I like the idea of using a piece of paper towel to check the inside of tire.
Using your hand can lead to .. blood-letting, and can miss things.

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post #1764 of 2705 Old 10-14-2013, 08:46 AM
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I'm going to be putting on a new tire and tube, so guess about the only thing I need to really check out is the spokes/rim strip.

The wife and I have been moving a lot of old furniture and stuff in and out of our big basement door. I try to make it a habit to sweep those areas with a large magnet when we're done. I have a feeling it's some kind of small furniture staple or brad. A lot of the rubber on my front tire is pretty thin: wouldn't take much to get through it.

Still, I'm curious what it is. If I can't anything will the naked eye, I'll try that napkin trick.

Although my spit trick didn't work, it could well be the valve stem, too. I check my tire pressures a lot, which increases wear on the valve and also increases the chances of something getting in there. I've probably checked the air pressure in that front tire hundreds and hundreds of times.



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post #1765 of 2705 Old 10-14-2013, 10:25 AM
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Adjusted free play in clutch checked oil and had a nice ride.
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I'm going to be putting on a new tire and tube, so guess about the only thing I need to really check out is the spokes/rim strip.

The wife and I have been moving a lot of old furniture and stuff in and out of our big basement door. I try to make it a habit to sweep those areas with a large magnet when we're done. I have a feeling it's some kind of small furniture staple or brad. A lot of the rubber on my front tire is pretty thin: wouldn't take much to get through it.

Still, I'm curious what it is. If I can't anything will the naked eye, I'll try that napkin trick.

Although my spit trick didn't work, it could well be the valve stem, too. I check my tire pressures a lot, which increases wear on the valve and also increases the chances of something getting in there. I've probably checked the air pressure in that front tire hundreds and hundreds of times.
Hi Planalp!
I threw my rubber rim strips out on the first tire change. Too much pita! I use 3 wraps of duct tape instead. Seldom needs replacing and stays in place during tire changes.
As to the "napkin trick", it reminds me of a machinist trick for finding invisible slivers in your hands. Lightly drag a piece of nylon stocking/ pantihose across the area. The thin nylon will catch and make the sliver's location visible.
DON'T TRY THIS IF THE WOMAN WHO OWNS THE NYLONS IS STILL IN THEM!!
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post #1767 of 2705 Old 10-14-2013, 11:19 AM
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Also put on a 16 tooth front sprocket and lowered the rpms by 700.
I think that's a bit optimistic. By my calculations you'd have to be operating at 11,200 RPM for a 15T-16T swap to lower your RPM by 700.

15/16 = 0.9375, so your post swap RPM will be 93.75% of your pre-swap RPM, all else (speed, tires, rear sprocket) being equal. Or to put it differently the 16T sprocket will reduce RPM by 6.25% . 700 is 6.25% OF 11,200 (700/0.0625=11,200)
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post #1768 of 2705 Old 10-14-2013, 11:52 AM
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doing my old man's doohickey today, got it all stripped down waiting for him to show up so he can drill the hole in his case, figure ill let him screw it up HA HA

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post #1769 of 2705 Old 10-16-2013, 11:32 AM
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Put it up on blocks after receiving my new Shinko Golden Boy Trail Tire and inner tube today. Gonna put the new tire on tomorrow morning and try to figure out why the old one was losing air.



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+1 on the golden boy tire. I was concerned during my first hundred miles on them, though. I think the center set of blocks sits a little high when they are new and it feels pretty squirrelly until you wear em down to the height of the nearby blocks.
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