Where do they come from

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  1. Desertrider 119

    Desertrider 119 New Member

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    Went out to ride today, and damn, a flat front tire. It turned out to be caused by small sliver of wire about the diameter of a needle. It has happened before, but I've never been able to figure out where or how I'm picking them up. I ride on highways and remote roads, like Route 66, here in Northern Arizona. You folks have any idea where these very small slivers of wire might come from???
     
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  2. jpr95

    jpr95 Active Member

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    They probably come off of steel-belted radial tires on vehicles--very worn tires.

    Jason
     
  3. mccornwall

    mccornwall New Member

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    Absolutely correct. I've had a couple of those...little bastards. Actually had one that was long enough...I'm riding along...tick....tick...tick was the length of excess wire hitting the freame as it went by.
     
  4. Scott2468

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    Yep.

    Ultragator skin or equivalent eliminate these in total, but not glass.

    Tyre liners help even more but its all at the cost of weight on your rims.
     
  5. Phil85207

    Phil85207 New Member

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    I have made it a habit to never run over anything. I include a leaf, cigarette butt, a pebble, if its on the road I try to avoid it. If its a black item it may be a piece of a steel belted radial tire. These little buggers can hide under a leaf or pice of paper etc. too. If I am on a road where big trucks travel I am especially careful. Your results could be different. good luck.
     
  6. BHOFM

    BHOFM Active Member

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    I had a similar experience last summer, three in a few days with the same
    size, small wire. Turned out to be from a dumpster behind the mall that
    I rode by on my way home each day. They were from the staples that
    hold the padding on new furniture. I stopped and checked and sure enough
    the little beggars were all over the place. Changed my route and no more
    flats.

    By watching for things in the road, glass, nails, etc,, I manage to pick up
    a good bit of change each day, sometimes as much as a dollar in pennies,
    nichols and dimes and a rare quarter now and then.
     
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    Froze Well-Known Member

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    You must have incredible falcon like eyes to see a small hair size steel wire on a dirty road buzzing along at 25mph or so. With your habit of not running over anything must really mean you don't ride at all for fear of running over something.
     
  8. Desertrider 119

    Desertrider 119 New Member

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    Thanks guys, Unfortunately I guess there is not much to do about slivers of wire on the road. Gota just be part of the price to pay for enjoying riding. I must add that I now carry a very small pair of needle nose pliers to pull the little bastards out of the tire..
     
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