I got my first flat tire.
I had just been out at the Squamish Spit and was riding along the gravel road when I heard a loud pop ! Next thing I know the back tire is wallowing along and feels pretty squirrelly. It took about 3 seconds for the tire to be totally flat.
I was not far from the pavement on Government Road so I limped out of the woods and onto the side of the road.
Flat as a pancake.
I contemplated the alternatives.
- Call BCAA (Did I renew that ??)
- Call a buddy with a trailer ?
- Did I pack the Stop and Go ?
I break out the Stop and Go tire repair kit and get busy.
First find the hole and remove the object that caused the hole.
No problem there as it is a Bic pen sized tear in the sidewall of the tire. No object as I think it was a sharp rock that did in the tire.
Next is to ream out the hole to make it nice and clean. It has the appearance of a ragged stab wound. The reaming tool barely has any resistance. (uh oh that can't be good)
Next is to insert the mushroom plug into the hole. This sounds hard but is incredibly easy with the tools provided by the Stop n Go.
I get out the trusty Leatherman and pull on the "stem" of the mushroom plug as instructed and pull it right out of the tire...
I think I'm f*cked. The hole must be to big to plug. I try again and this time the plug stays after not pulling so hard.
I shoot 3 of the compressed air canisters into the tire and the patch holds !! I save one canister for no rational reason.
I limp the bike to the gas station and get my tire gauge. 9 psi.
I fill the tire, all the time eyeballing the plug hoping it doesn't fly out and hit me in the eye.
It stays put and I get 20 psi into the tire.
I limp home at 80 km/h (wow it is weird to be the slowest thing on the highway)
I roll into my underground parking in downtown Van. and recheck the tire.
!7 psi. Not bad methinks !!
I have to say that the Stop and Go works EXACTLY as advertised. Easy to use and I am a total mechanical moron.
The instructions are easy to follow and I was on my way in about 20 minutes.
Here are a couple of pics showing the plug.