Bicycle Tyre Liner vs Steel/Brass Tack

So, after 3 successive flat tyres whilst belting along the freeway on the pushie the I deemed it necessary to investigate some better options to protect those little tubes full of that glorious air that makes for a more comfortable and speedy arival to ones destination :)

Tyre liners, these are bascially strips of plastic/rubber that sit between the tyre and the inner tube, relatively cheap, 30 odd dollars for two and are pretty easy to fit, they seem to have very little, if any, detrimental effect to the performance of the inner tube and tyre. They are referred to as STOP Flats 2 by Brown, made in the USA.

So for many a month these little strips performed perfectly and I was flat tyre free! Until one day when I noticed a slow leak in the front tyre, I left this go for a few weeks since it did not really bother me too much, however shortly before the Creat Victorian Bike Ride I figured it wise to investiage the cause of the slow leak.

After pulling the tyre off and tracking down the hole in the inner tube I found teh culprit, a small tack about 5mm in length, this has lodged itself in the tyre and was just long enough to penetrate the tough strip! Crazy stuff ehh..I am still impressed by the perform of these strips, I mean at the end of the day, riding over a nail or tack is gonna cause any tyre problems unless its got chainmail or something! That said, I reckon I might take them up on their offer of a free inner tube if you do get a puncture!

I reckon that set of images pretty well sums up the issue!

2010 GVBR (Great Victorian Bike Ride) Day 8

Day Eight – Yea to Eildon – Saturday 04 December

Official Distance  64km

Gerry’s Cateye Statistics:

Riding Time: 3:22hrs

Distance: 68.9 kms

Average Speed: 20.4 km/h

maximum Speed 54.9 km/h

Calories Burnt: 1134.0

ODO: 579.5

Some big hills and some serious downhills too, this was starting to make day 2 look like a walk in the park! Some big stacks on this day too, makes one alittle more cautious on the down hills after seeing the SES go in ahead and the B412 rescue chopper beat over head!

Weather: it looked like it was gonna rain but did not, cloudy and cool, nice for riding!

The Good Oil Newsletter:

Day 8 A3 _Saturday night_

Day 8 A4 Insert _Saturday night_

2010 GVBR (Great Victorian Bike Ride) Day 7

Day Seven – Seymour to Yea – Friday 03 December

Official Distance  85km

Gerry’s Cateye Statistics:

Riding Time: 4:20hrs

Distance: 91.93 kms

Average Speed: 21.1 km/h

maximum Speed 63.7km/h

Calories Burnt: 1573.6

ODO: 510.3

This day had some pretty hard hills, but I reckon I do better at the hills than the flats!

Weather: Bloody Hail at the last rest stop, what the hell is with the weather in Victoria at the moment..craziness!

The Good Oil Newsletter:

Day 7 A3 _Friday night_

Day 7 A4 Insert _Friday night_

2010 GVBR (Great Victorian Bike Ride) Day 6

Day Six – Nagambie to Seymour – Thursday 02 December

Official Distance  101km

Gerry’s Cateye Statistics:

Riding Time: 4:33hrs

Distance: 105.45 kms

Average Speed: 23.1km/h

maximum Speed 46.2km/h

Calories Burnt: 1802.1

ODO: 418.4

Welcome to the world of pain!, actually it was not too bad and my average speed reflects this.

Weather: Great early on, nice and cool, with a little cloud, but after the lunch stop on teh final leg down into Seymour, past the Pupa.. something army training base it absolutely shat down…, everything was wet!

The Good Oil Newsletter:

Day 6 A3 _Thursday night_

Day 6 A4 Insert _Thursday night_