So today, I tackled a fairly steep hill on my BC wheel. I wear a wrap on my leg to help me balance, and to slow down/stop. After a couple hours, my entire cotton athletic wrap was black, and it appeared to be singed, but I’m not sure. Ok, so I know this is kind of a far-out question, but is it possible for a tire to set fire to a cotton cloth after hours of constant rubbing at high speeds? I’m not really worried about being set on fire, but I’m curious if it could happen, haha.
I doubt it is singed, it is probably just black from rubber rubbing against it. This friction will also fray the edges making it look singed, I’m sure you will notice it getting really freaking hot before it catches on fire.
Yeah, It’s gotten pretty hot before. I have an enormous hill right near my hose that I went down once on my BC. I got going extremely fast and my 20" wheel started wobbling back and forth like crazy. So, I figured I’d better stop. I started to rub, and it took quite a while slow down. Once I got off, I touched my wrap, and It was HOT. But yeah, I agree, I doubt it was singed. But… on a 95 degree (F) day, could a super heated piece of cotton catch on fire?
You need something to rub on the wheel that won’t get all ripped up, like a piece of plastic or something. You might have to press harder but it would last longer. Also make sure whatever you use doesn’t put too much strain on the tire, as you are probably putting the friction on the thin part.
The hookworm is kind of hard on your legs. It has those little bumps that can eat your legs.
I have gotten my leg really hot before but not hot enough for a fire. Evan and I had neoprene leg guards that his mom made us and we have gotten them so hot that they melted a little. Evan’s only lasted one day, he went down a steep fireroad and it melted/tore really fast. I still have mine though, its only melted a little bit:)
Any tire with tread will absolutly destroy neoprene in a day lest you wear it under your jeans. Neoprene helps keep the heat off your skin, but you still need something thats going to deal with the abrasive tire.