A kind’ve strange, uni-related thing happened to me on the weekend… maybe its not that unusual, but its the first time anything like it has happened to me and even though I’ve only had a uni for a couple of months, I’ve been riding bikes for a long time!
Anyway, I’ve been learning to idle in the couple hours a week I actually have time to get on my uni(!), and a week ago, after reading some advice from the archives, I inflated my tyre to about 60psi (10 psi over the recommended maximum on the tyre of 50psi - someone suggested that tyres can be inflated to 150% of their usual pressure, reducing road contact area, and therefore friction, and supposedly making it easier to ride/idle - which it did)
This weekend (just gone), I got out of the city, and had some real time to spend uni-ing, so early afternoon I went out for about an hour and a half, just riding, idling, and to finish with, practicing some other stuff (riding backwards, mounting left foot, side mounts). So, nothing really out of the ordinary.
I got home, left the uni downstairs, went upstairs to get a drink, and ended up sitting down to read a magazine. About 20 mins later my girlfriend appeared, and we were just talking when all of a sudden we heard this loud bang/crash from downstairs (hmm, are bangs/crashes ever not sudden?). We went down to investigate, and after about 5 minutes of hunting around for a fallen uni or picture, or something that could have made that much noise, we’d turned up nothing. I then glanced over at the uni, and noticed it was still leaning against the wall, but… its tyre was looking sadly deflated. Further inspection, showed that the inner tube had burst, leaving a split about 7 inches long! I’ve attached a pic. The split was right in the area which is in contact with the ground when my left (dominant) foot is down.
So anyway, I just thought it was a bit strange, mainly because it was 20 minutes after riding that the tyre actually burst! Obviously having it overinflated would have contributed. Maybe there was a huge atmospheric pressure drop… I dunno, but it certainly put an end to any more uni-ing for the weekend.