Join Date: May 2017
Location: Harrisville, WV
I have no experience with running on a patched tire; however, I do have experience with a rear tire blowout at 70 MPH in the center lane of Interstate 70 late on a Saturday afternoon out of state. It is not an experience I would care to repeat for the following reasons:
1. I'm certain I lost years off my life. In about 3 seconds, I wondered what the heck happened, if I would live, if I would be able to afford to replace my bike and how I would pay the hospital bills.
2. That the bike stayed “up” was a testament to God's will rather than my skill. I am just thakful He wasn't busy doing more important things at that moment.
3. Finding a tow truck late on a Saturday afternoon was difficult, but not impossible.
4. Finding a bike shop able to work on my bike after closing hours on a Saturday afternoon was difficult, but not impossible. (See the shameless plug below.*)
5. Finding a tire to meet specs late on a Saturday afternoon after closing hours was difficult, but not impossible thanks to my new “favorite bike shop” owner who had the right connections and resources to work that miracle.
I was on my way to see my granddaughters on a dance recital in PA. Those of you with granddaughters and grandsons will understand what I'm about to say. Those of you who don't have grandchildren will understand when you do. Some things are just priceless and you will be willing to do “whatever it takes” to honor relationships and rare opportunities.
I'm retired and on a fixed budget, so discretionary dollars are guarded like gold. Replacing motorcycle tires is expensive in every way for all of us. When you add all the expenses and mental anguish factors of this scenario together, this was an expensive lesson for me. What I learned is this: if a tire is marginal – it's getting replaced. I agree completely with Chicago-Spike – not worth the risk in my opinion.
*And now for the shameless plug I mentioned above. This incident happened in Washington, PA. The shop that bailed my butt out is Cool Valley Cycles in Canonsburg, PA. For those of you who travel that part of the world and want to add them to your contact list if you ever get in a jam, call Jason at 724-514-6521. Been there – done that – and literally bought the T-shirt (which is also very cool.)
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." - Will Durante