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Well, after having recovered from a touch of pneumonia, I decided to take off work a few hours early the other day. It was sunny, rather warm at about 60, so off I go from work at noon. Now I have a 52 mile commute to work, all slab driving. So here I am a little less than halfway home, sun roofs open on the little diesel vw, tunes are way to loud and I'm not paying as close attention to the road as I probably should. Out of the corner of my eye I see this chunk of "stuff" in the road, I move to the right trying to straddle it with the tires. No luck, it missed the front tires, but I heard and felt this nasty whack in the back, then that tell tale whup whup whup of a tire givng up the ghost at high speed. Wouldn't ya know it, the shoulder was so narrow I had to stand on the other side of the guard rail to change the tire. The spare, from what I can tell had never been out of the trunk, the tools were all shiny and new, no rust, not to bad for a 1986 VW golf diesel with almost 250k on the clock. Well, the monkey that put the tire on at the shop must have used a cheater bar to put the studs in, because the lug wrench wouldn't do it. I had to call one of the guys at work to bring the electric impact wrench to get the studs out. Get the tire changed, head to sam's club for a new set of winter snow tires and they were just swamped, long story a bit shorter, I never made it home until almost 5pm. Suns down, the weather turned to crap and started to rain, moral of this story, sometimes it just doesn't pay to take off work early. I really can't wait until my road trip in may !
 

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All I can say is "been there done that", on top of the cost of new tires you missed a half a days work, and called in a few favors to get offto enjoy the afternoon.

But there is always the bright side of things!!!!!! You could have been changing that tire in the rain/snow. :shock:
 

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Thats to bad about the flat, but it snowed here about about a week and a half ago and the temps are in the teens to mid 20's, so if I can't ride, I don't want anybody else to either, just saying.... :t0015















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I don't know why but you got me thinking about the stop lights in Horse Heads coming North from Elmira. I can't count how many times you'd see shredded tires coming up to those lights from where truckers hit the breaks because the lights changed on them. Smoking tires and pieces of rubber. Lots of people swerving to miss the big pieces. Ah, the old daily commute. :lol:
 

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Yep, and the shredded tires are only worse now due to all the road construction converting Rt 17 into I-86, I'm thinking that chunk of stuff was part of a truck tire. I'll be glad when they get the bypass thru horseheads completed, that should knock my commute down to 40 minutes as it will be a 65 mph zone all the way there.
 
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