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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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SOS: rear flat and stranded at work.

Getting off the highway today I noticed my rear was floating out from under me around corners. When I pulled up to the stop light, I looked back and my tire was flat. Since I was a half block from work, I just pulled it into the parking lot.

I know no one knows me and that it's Strats night (that's why I rode to work), but can anyone trailer me to Chicago or Champion Cycle? Or does anyone around here have a patch or plug kit? I'll replace it with a new one.

I'm at the Astellas building in Deerfield at 3 Parkway North (a little west of the Edens). Thanks and any help is much appreciated.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 09:01 AM
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If you can, ride to a gas station and buy a plug kit. Its not that hard and actually works.
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Do you have a centerstand? If so, take it off and get it fixed at the nearest national battery and tire. It might just be 'pluggable'.

Or, find someone with compressed air to 'add air' to the rear and ride slowly, carefully, to the nearest auto place.

Do NOT use 'fix a flat'. If you're in Deerfield, most motorcycle shops can fix your flat, and most shops will have a 17" rear to replace your tire if its bad. Call around.
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 09:33 AM
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Yes get a plug kit form auto parts store. Make sure it has the plugs and the t handle that you use to clean out the hole. i has a rough surface on the rod part that the other T handle tool that you actually use to insert the plug. It should come as a kit. Once you bought that fill your tire with air and then pull out the nail if you can see it or if there is one then ream out the hole with the first t handle and then have ready the second one with the plug and rubber cement. Soak the plug with the rubber cemet crap and shove it in the hole. Push as far as you can without shoving the whole thing in there. Leave about 1/2 an inch sticking out. If you don't have a razor or cutters to cut the the excess just leave it you will be fine it will wear away. That will get you back on the road. I have done this many of time with a motorcycle and car tire in the middle of BFE to save my ass.
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Do you have a recommendation for a cycle shop nearby? A quick google search turned up genx performance, but I'd rather give business to someplace that's got a review.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 09:40 AM
 
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I work off of Lake Cook not too far from you. If you need a lift somewhere during lunch let me know. I have to be back by 12:45 for a meeting though
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Isn't there a place behind the RAM?
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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@Icecold - RAM? sorry, I'm out of my element in the suburbs. I'm consulting out here so I don't really know what's around.

@KBOlsen - I might hit you up on that offer. I'm going to give a couple shops a call and I'll let you know before lunch. Thanks.
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I'm 2 miles away from you, I got a patch kit in my car. I will get out of work after 3pm. I also got a foot pump, but you'll have to do the honors of inflating you tire, as the foot pump is a workout in itself. Check your pm for my phone #.

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@Icecold - RAM? sorry, I'm out of my element in the suburbs. I'm consulting out here so I don't really know what's around.
The RAM is a brewery just south of Lake Cook on Milaukee, awesome beer!
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The RAM is a brewery just south of Lake Cook on Milaukee, awesome beer!
Thanks, leavundst just pm'd the # for the shop to me. I'll probably head over there during lunch if they call back.
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My good luck just ran out today, first flat on a bike in 4 years. Hopefully my last. Out of curiosity, if it's plugged or patched, how long should (can) I ride on it? I think I've read somewhere that with a plug I can ride until the tire's bad, but I wasn't sure about a patch. My tires still have a bit of life left in them and I'd rather not drop the money on a new rear until I have to.
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I have rode with patches and plugs until the tire need to be swapped out cuz it was bald. Some people don't recommend it but I have never had a problem with it.
post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 11:51 AM
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a patch is better than a plug in my opinion. Plugs can come out and leave you with another flat, where the patch is glued to the inside of the carcass. I guess that could come loose too, but not as often as a plug would..

I say ride on it till its got cords hangin out.
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If you change your mind and want me to bring the patch kit let me know soon(ish). I got a kit and a pump, so we can fix it at the parking lot for free.

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Thanks, leavundst just pm'd the # for the shop to me. I'll probably head over there during lunch if they call back.
No problem. I might actually be hanging out there later today. As for patching versus replacing it really depends. I feel better on a new tire, but a lot of people I know patch and are just fine. I like the string type the most, and I have access to a tire machine so internal patches are not a problem. In my experience the string is more durable, but it also depends on the location of the puncture and the size.
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a patch is better than a plug in my opinion. Plugs can come out and leave you with another flat, where the patch is glued to the inside of the carcass. I guess that could come loose too, but not as often as a plug would..

I say ride on it till its got cords hangin out.

It depends, it can stay in and stay together, or it can come out. I blame the one that came out on me since I forgot about it and did high tripple digit speeds and the mushroom plug sucked into the tire, maybe I reamed the hole to0 big, or went to fast. Either way, I use them as a temp fix until I can buy and mount another tire. The putty ones hold up well, it melts when the tire heats up and becomes one with the tire

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I really appreciate all the help today guys. Seriously, I'm absolutely shocked and the speed and number of responses. Long story short, I remembered I have a CO2 cartridge under the passenger seat. I'm going to blow up the tire as much as possible then drop the bike off at Custom Parts & Accessories with leavundst's contact. If he has a tire, I'll probably just get a new one. Lesson learned. THis is the last time I'm leaving house without a plugging kit.

leavendust...are you going to strats from there? if i get out of work on time, want to ride from there and go meet up with others?

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I really appreciate all the help today guys. Seriously, I'm absolutely shocked and the speed and number of responses. Long story short, I remembered I have a CO2 cartridge under the passenger seat. I'm going to blow up the tire as much as possible then drop the bike off at Custom Parts & Accessories with leavundst's contact. If he has a tire, I'll probably just get a new one. Lessoned learned. THis is the last time I'm leaving house without a plugging kit.

leavendust...are you going to strats from there? if i get out of work on time, want to ride from there and go meet up with others?
Dude, I am having lunch with Denis at noon, and I will probably be at his shop around 2-3pm, I sometimes help him with some of the stuff and he has 2 crashed bikes for me to give estimates on, then I have to get back to work. I'm still not sure what time I can make it out to Strats.

What time are you stopping by there?

As for the patch kit, I suggest the stuff they sell at Walmart.

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I'm going over a little after 1 after he -well I guess you guys- gets back from lunch. If he can fix it in an hour, sweet, if not, I'll just leave the bike there and come back when I get off of work around 6-7 (hopefully).
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