That awful moment when you need all the power you have in your hands ….. a deep groan …. an inaudible curse …. and a little dish soap or glycerine on the edge of the tyre 😉
It worked … I have new Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my quest!
An experienced Schwalbe Marathon Plus rider …..
Yehuda Moon started to publish new cartoons on Twitter ….. !
Sometimes they come together
Many years ago, Frank Zappa tried something similar ….
I wonder how these musicians would use a velomobile-body ? 😉
For the first time in 4 years I had a puncture on my ride home ! While I replaced the inner tube with the spare tube, there were 4 car drivers trying to help me by aiming their car-headlights on me and my velomobile. I thanked them for their kindness but explained it was not necessary. I put on my warm Gsus-fleece that I always carry inside my Quest and tried to place the spare tube as accurate as possible….. It took me about 10 minutes. A large iron pin (snow-brush ? ) that was too large for the Marathon Plus caused the puncture.
3 kilometers later there was a loud BANG ! I found out that I didn’t do a good job ….. The spare tube seemed to have sticked between the rim and the Marathon Plus. It showed a large tearing that was impossible to repair ! (photo) So I had to vulcanize a sticker on the first inner tube (I threw inside the back of my Quest). I rolled a cigarette first, to get quiet and not hasty, so this time I took my time to get the job done as it should be done the first time. I was on the dyke near Ritthem where cars are not allowed and I was not disturbed by good-willing car drivers 😉 . This time I found the concentration and calmness to do the job right !
I took the torn inner tube with me in the back of Quest 552 home. And took a photo for this post….
So I had to take the tool-box with tools and spare tubes and a warm Gsus-fleece with me for 40.000 kilometers, just to be of great use for this occasion 😉
… can be used for lots of applications. Harry used it for a modification on his shoes.
Today I used it to replace the worn out rubber ring on the left suspension.
So don’t waste your old Marathon Plus tyres, but keep them spare for all kind of tips&tricks you’re not aware of now. You can find some ideas for old inner tubes on this site ; although I’ll never need number 19 😉