Good to see your name. I was recently thinking we hadn't heard from you since you told us about the Shinko "Raven" Tires. I bought a set from Chaparral for less than $200. I haven't put on the rear yet, as I haven't been in the mood, and I still have some center tread to use up locally. Hey I figured out that I can send pictures from my T-Mobile phone. If someone with a I-phone or ? could receive my pic, and send it to the "photos, I'd send a nail flap photo. I have the fresh leather make one up. I feel silly because it's just a thick leather rectangle with four or five holes punched along one edge. Zip ties are slipped thru the holes, and the they are wrapped around the straight cross-bar on the centerstand, so the flap just drags the ground ahead of the rear tire. Nobody made me so much as a diagram. Greg Andrews saw it, and he wasn't wowed, but I learned of the flap from a Biker that was in England for a few years, and he told me of the "Nail-flap", and how the Guys over there used them. That was at the end of a particularly long stretch of several rear flats from nails and screws. I was getting desperate, so I put one together in about five minutes, using very thick saddle leather scraps. I put one on in May of 1989, and kept one on religiously since. Because, I've not had one flat since. That's 24 years! My lifelong riding buddy, and closest friend says it drives him crazy riding behind me, because he forgets about it, then is startled to see something under my bike. Well Jack I sure hope all is well up your way. Spring is nearly upon us!
On Feb 21, 2013, at 1:26 PM, JackM wrote:
Really appreciate the well-reasoned responses. The short-trip-in-cold-weather explanation seems the most likely at this point. 95% of my riding is daily commuting, 27 miles each way, 9 hours between rides. And even my few weekend rides are seldom very long, maybe just 40-50 miles of putting around the Sierras.
And like I said, it did this same thing last winter. So maybe I'll wait until at least April before I start turning wrenches. Really am hoping it's nothing serious because I am planning a 6000 mile round trip ride this summer to my home town in Michigan.
Hoping the schedule allows to drop in to see Mr Greg and Frankenstein. :)