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 Post subject: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:33 am 
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Last night I went out on a ride in the Purbecks with Makster and some others. Was a great ride, but on the Nine Barrow Down descent (a long, 11% rocky downhill) I had a rear blow out. According to Strava I was doing 33mph when it happened. I somehow managed to control it, with the rear sliding badly side to side and came to a controlled stop. Unfortunately I obviously couldn't just stop, and had to slow slowly, resulting in a 50 piece shaped rear rim (Anyone got a X517 in silver?). I was extremely fortunate not to come off, as I believe a helicopter would probably have been in order at that speed, on that descent.

Have you had any near misses at this speed with blow outs? Or have you come a cropper?


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:54 pm 
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You haven't lived till you've rolled a tubular mid pack in a crit.


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:33 pm 
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I almost know what that means! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:37 pm 
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oh good, please share ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:49 am 
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Pyro Tim wrote:
Last night I went out on a ride in the Purbecks with Makster and some others. Was a great ride, but on the Nine Barrow Down descent (a long, 11% rocky downhill) I had a rear blow out. According to Strava I was doing 33mph when it happened. I somehow managed to control it, with the rear sliding badly side to side and came to a controlled stop. Unfortunately I obviously couldn't just stop, and had to slow slowly, resulting in a 50 piece shaped rear rim (Anyone got a X517 in silver?). I was extremely fortunate not to come off, as I believe a helicopter would probably have been in order at that speed, on that descent.

Have you had any near misses at this speed with blow outs? Or have you come a cropper?


Yep, done that. Only noticed I'd had a blow out when the tyre started hitting the back of my leg :shock: . Wheel is still in use :D

FMJ wrote:
You haven't lived till you've rolled a tubular mid pack in a crit.


That would be ermmm 'entertaining' and would require a change of shorts !! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:19 pm 
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a friend and i riding back from a day out got into a game of high speed chicken going into a pedestrian underpass with a safety barrier at the bottom - well, that was the last time i ever bought that particular brand of tyre, my braking force was so great that it split clean in half width-ways to the beading on each side. no damage to the barrier or us and it was only a few miles from home :)


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:14 am 
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Pyro Tim wrote:
oh good, please share ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:11 pm 
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Glad you still have all your teeth! And your dashing good looks! Something I've not experienced personally....were they "old" tyres?


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Lucky it was your rear! Could have been a serious off indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Blow out at speed
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:19 pm 
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On a training ride a few years ago I had a Specialized Fatboy at 90psi blow-out on me. Went off like a bloomin' gunshot but I wasn't going fast and didn't fall off. Did have to call a neighbour to come and collect me though... :facepalm: .


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