Mileage - 26,023
Attempted to ride the bike to work yesterday afternoon. Started it to warm it up, put on the helmet and gloves, sat on the seat and pushed back - it would not move. It was like I had a parking brake on. Got off, looked at the front then under the bike and back - there it was - rear tire flat as a pancake. It's hard to move 900lbs by foot on a flat tire.
Took the car to work and when I returned yesterday evening, put the bike on the jack, shifted to neutral and started spinning the tire - found a nail head in the right side of the treads.
So today, after looking up the mileage on the tire (10,300+ purchased in April 2014) decided to do a quick fix since winter is coming and I'll have time to order a new tire and install before spring. Thinking of going with the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D DSST RunOnFlat ($143 today at TireRack).
Took the pliers and started to pull the nail out of the tire. It took more effort than I thought from the little nail head seen in the tire. Here it is:
Maybe this will give you a better idea of it's size:
That thing was 3 inches with a bend in it..... Contractors need to keep those things at the job site and not in the roadways.
I will watch for a sale on that Dunlop and pick it up this winter to get ready for the 2015 riding season.... thats only because 2014 is ending - I'm still riding on all the dry days with temps above 32 degrees..........