Today I had a blowout. It happened in my kitchen while it was practicing
1-foot idling. The rim is a 24" blue araya rim (the schwinn 80s rim).
I have a pretty good idea why it blew. A few weeks ago I applied liberal
amounts of armor-all to the sidewall of the tire. This was in an attempt to
clean/protect the white sidewall. The unfortunate side-effect of this is
that now the bead of the tire is slippery. I’ve ridden the tire quite a bit
without problems but tonight I slightly overinflated to 60psi and it blew.
The tire says to “keep inflated 40-50 psi”.
Is the rim an alloy or steel? if the rim is steel than 60 is a good pressure, but if it’s alloy then you can go up to 70-75 ok… (I think…) i know on the stock sea-sick green miyata that my shop has I have to put it at 80 (the highest the compressor will take) and it’s still too low. I seem to have no problems with flats either…
If Armorall is an oil based product then washing the tire bead with dish washing liquid and rinsing it thoroughly should remove it. If it is a solvent based product, it has attacked the rubber and will take a few weeks to evaporate.
Steel is an alloy. Aluminum is an element. Structural material called aluminum is actually an aluminum alloy. Using the word “alloy” to differentiate steel which IS an alloy from an aluminum alloy called aluminum which is actually an element is confusing to some people. Almost as confusing as that last sentence.
One of the most interesting alloys I have seen formed is one in which Max Dingemans is combined at high velocity with a moss covered log on a MUni ride. Fortunately the product can be fractionally distilled into its original, elemental components at a relatively low temperature.
Dear Mr. Harper,
It is my sincere belief that bubbley root beer robots are besieging your brain…the only way to stop them is with an atomic fireball blast. act now, do not delay! it would be a great loss at rsu if we were to lose you to a root beer bot bashing. ducky.
Not sure if it’s still true, but it used to be that only Schwinn tires would seat properly on Schwinn rims, and vice versa… let me do a quick check… yep, Sheldon Brown confirms it, at least for US-made Schwinns: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chicago-schwinns.html
Maybe that’s all changed now since everything’s made in Taiwan, and therefore more or less standardized (size-wise, I mean).
How long have you been riding in the kitchen? Is this a new style I haven’t heard about?
Does your mom get mad if you pedal-grab the table or stove? Do you wear oven mitts and a chef’s hat? OK I’ll stop now.
Oh. I just reread your post. You said it was an Araya rim. Never mind.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t pronounce “aluminum”. Then one day, I saw a BBC Imean PBS Imean BBC documentary and they said alyouMINeeyum, and by some dark magic, I was instantly able to say aLOOmin*um.
> How long have you been riding in the kitchen? Is this a new style I
> haven’t heard about?
I ride on our hardwood floors in the kitchen keeping an eye on my kids while
they watch TV in the next room. It’s a place where I can work on specific
skills (especially idling and different mounts)
> Kitchen trials?
Neither, though I like the sound of both.
> Does your mom get mad if you pedal-grab the table or stove? Do you wear
> oven mitts and a chef’s hat? OK I’ll stop now.
I don’t think my mom is even aware of my practice. She lives in Australia.
My wife, on the other hand, has given me a stern lecture about practicing in
the house after I broke two spindles in our oak railing. ;-(
I do not yet have the skills to attempt pedal grabs to the table or the
stove. If I had the skill I would choose a more appropriate location to
practice/demonstrate it (like the laundry room or the bathroom.)
As for attire I only wear oven mitts and/or a chef’s hat if I’m cooking
Alloys are generally formed to have properties superior to the elemental components. I believe that the rarely seen but extremely powerful alloy of Max Dingemans and MUni obstacles is named “the Unstoppable Killing Machine.”