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    Quote Originally Posted by JorgeGortex View Post
    Agree with the sentiment.

    I was planning on writing in this morning and asking if others got tacks in their tires from the W&OD, but got distracted by work (ugh). Yes, Sunday while in the Green Lizard, someone came in with a tack in his tire. Yesterday, when I got my bike after work for my commute home, I saw the tack and it looked the same. I wasn't sure if it were coincidence or there was a patch of tacks on the W&OD - now I know. It was on the side of my tire, so not something that clicked with each rotation and clearly mostly self-sealed since I doubted someone plunged it into my tire while it was on the bike rack at the end of the work day.

    At least I know my rear tire can hold a tack and most of its air - there was only a slight loss in pressure for me, just to the point where I thought I should fill it in the next few days. I actually rode home on it and replaced it at home last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JorgeGortex View Post
    Jack asses.
    Speaking of which... don't read the comments.

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    Put a little Stan's in your tubes and it won't be a problem at all. (tubeless riders are already yawning)

    I talked to one of the NPS guys emptying trash at Gravelly Point a couple times and he said someone was doing this years ago on the Mount Vernon Trail. Some people just don't like bicyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    Put a little Stan's in your tubes and it won't be a problem at all.
    Have you tried this, i.e., Stans in the tube and not in the tire? I keep hearing mixed things that this doesn't work well because a tube is thin and stretchy, and if something were to puncture it, the hole would be much bigger than if it was the thicker tire carcass.

    Also, most presta tubes don't have removable cores, but one workaround I've read about is to slice a hole big enough to inject sealant, then patch that hole.

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    Yes. I've been doing it for years. Used to use slime before tubeless came around. Stan's and orange seal are vastly better than slime and my two favorites. There's many new ones I haven't tried.

    You can remove any presta valve. I just push it in the tube and fill. Takes a few minutes to fish it back into the stem, but it's not hard. If you're really careful you can hang on to it the whole time you are filling. 3 hands help.
    I don't like the patching method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birru View Post
    Speaking of which... don't read the comments.
    Maybe the perpetrators do not like dogs. Paws on tacks are unpleasant too. Or those runners with bare or nearly bare feet would suffer. Interesting how the commenters jump to bicyclists. I find the dog walkers with their dogs all over the trail annoying - even when I am a pedestrian on the trail. However, I am not trying to cause harm to them to make them stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    Maybe the perpetrators do not like dogs. Paws on tacks are unpleasant too. Or those runners with bare or nearly bare feet would suffer. Interesting how the commenters jump to bicyclists. I find the dog walkers with their dogs all over the trail annoying - even when I am a pedestrian on the trail. However, I am not trying to cause harm to them to make them stop.
    Yeah, not necessarily directed at cyclists, although several races in Europe have seen tack incidents over the last few years, so it's a known anti-cyclist tactic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    Put a little Stan's in your tubes and it won't be a problem at all. (tubeless riders are already yawning)

    I talked to one of the NPS guys emptying trash at Gravelly Point a couple times and he said someone was doing this years ago on the Mount Vernon Trail. Some people just don't like bicyclists.
    NPS eventually had staff out walking the paths pushing wide magnetic bars suspended between little wheels. I took to using Mr. Tuffy tire liners. Perpetrator used black carpet tacks.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.d8801431c843

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