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    So I had a bit of a 'mare this morning. Got a flat tire on Anacostia River Rd so I stopped to fix it in the light rain.

    1) I noticed that my tire has WAY too many miles on it and the kevlar threads are showing through over most of it and they're the only thing holding it together in others. Oops! I have a couple of replacements at home.
    2) Put in a new tube and ride a mile then hear the familiar hissing sound again. I take everything apart again but cannot find what the hell the problem is. So I patch that tube, expecting it will go again, if only I can make it another mile or two I'll be close enough to walk to work.
    3)Yup, there it is. The hissing sound as I crest Mass Ave SE and pull over at the intersection with Alabama SE. This time, I skip the stupid patch and just pump some air into it to ride it for a mile flat, then I can walk up the hill.

    I got to work wet, and about 45 minutes late but the worst part of my day will still be dealing with the GODDAMN government travel system!
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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    I noticed that my tire has WAY too many miles on it and the kevlar threads are showing through over most of it and they're the only thing holding it together in others. Oops! I have a couple of replacements at home.
    You must run fenders (so tire wear is not apparent until you turn the bike upside down).

    I'm guessing somewhere in that tire is a hole through which a small bit of the tube herniates and then pops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    ...was a little eventful. I figured I would need to clean up and dry off when I got to the office but I didn't count on needing to walk the last 4 miles to work pushing a bike with a blown out front rim. It became clear the tire trashing about made things worse so I removed it and clattered up the MVT on the rim. I was tempted to ride in the grass, but my bike handling skills aren't all that great in the best circumstances. I took CaBi home and will transport an extra 26" front wheel to my crippled XO-1 tomorrow. Note to self: Be more diligent in checking rim wear.
    Wow! If I may ask, what's the mileage on that rim? I have never seen a rim blow-out in all the years that I have cycled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    You must run fenders (so tire wear is not apparent until you turn the bike upside down).

    I'm guessing somewhere in that tire is a hole through which a small bit of the tube herniates and then pops.
    Absolutely right on count #1...

    As for the cause, you may be right. The 2nd time I made sure to pump the tire much lower pressure than usual and it still went. Although, that may also have been from a shitty patch. Either way, the tire and I'm sure the tube are shredded, so I'll replace them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    Absolutely right on count #1...
    Fenders FTW!!

    (this was from June)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Fenders FTW!!

    (this was from June)

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    Were these the tubeless tires in which the sealant was no longer working? Or was that someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Were these the tubeless tires in which the sealant was no longer working? Or was that someone else?
    I think that was me. Mine werent so far gone, but threads were showing through so the sealant leaking mystery was solved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I think that was me. Mine werent so far gone, but threads were showing through so the sealant leaking mystery was solved!
    Yeah, hozn replaces his when there's a good 10-15 miles left on 'em.

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    There seems to be a thing about walking the final few miles to work these days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Fenders FTW!!

    (this was from June)

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    I also realized in June I needed to check under the fenders more often

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