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Thread: Your level of injury vs. getting a flat on the road

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    Your level of injury vs. getting a flat on the road

    When you're out and about on your handcycle and suddenly get a flat, what do you do, given your level of injury? Do you have a riding buddy? Do you call someone? DO you have sufficient mobility to change a flat?

    I'm just curious... I had a flat yesterday, and while I do have sufficient mobility to change a flat on the road, I didn't bring any spare tubes with me, so I ended up calling my wife to pick me up... Luckily, I was only about a half a mile from home.

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    so how was the extra 12??? and which tire burst?

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    Hi Mark - the extra 12v was a definite joy... should've done in on Day 1.

    Initial acceleration was improved, as well as slight improvement in climbing. Big difference in flat-terrain speed. I didn't push it yesterday, but I could've gone much, much faster.

    However, what I liked best was the fact that even though I was somewhere in the middle gears, it felt like I was in granny gear going at 27 mph. Pedaling was so easy that my cadence was definitely increased, thus giving me a better workout over my typical "masher" approach.

    It was lot of fun... until I ran into some metal mesh on the road (in the bike lane). I didn't notice it until I was on top of it and dragging it. I blew out my front tube -- fixed it last night so I'm ready to go out there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleonin View Post
    Hi Mark - the extra 12v was a definite joy... should've done in on Day 1.

    Initial acceleration was improved, as well as slight improvement in climbing. Big difference in flat-terrain speed. I didn't push it yesterday, but I could've gone much, much faster.

    However, what I liked best was the fact that even though I was somewhere in the middle gears, it felt like I was in granny gear going at 27 mph. Pedaling was so easy that my cadence was definitely increased, thus giving me a better workout over my typical "masher" approach.

    It was lot of fun... until I ran into some metal mesh on the road (in the bike lane). I didn't notice it until I was on top of it and dragging it. I blew out my front tube -- fixed it last night so I'm ready to go out there again.
    Thats great to hear!!!

    I am so torn. I know how much I enjoy the extra 12v to make it 48v....but at the same time I worry about people going too fast at first and getting into trouble. That is why I do not push people to buy the extra 12v.

    I find the speed addictive too. I end up working harder than I ever would without the assistance. I go on longer rides and find that I don't want to come home. And when I do come home I am absolutely beat....with bugs in my teeth.

    Anyway, glad it worked out, and be careful out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB701 View Post
    Thats great to hear!!!

    I am so torn. I know how much I enjoy the extra 12v to make it 48v....but at the same time I worry about people going too fast at first and getting into trouble. That is why I do not push people to buy the extra 12v.

    I find the speed addictive too. I end up working harder than I ever would without the assistance. I go on longer rides and find that I don't want to come home. And when I do come home I am absolutely beat....with bugs in my teeth.

    Anyway, glad it worked out, and be careful out there
    Yeah, I'd like to go on a longer ride, but other than going over the same trail multiple times, there's just too much car traffic if I venture out on other roads... SoCal has a car culture after all.

    I do think you should continue to sell both 36V and 48V, but I would say that if your customer is over 200 lbs (I weigh 215) and is planning to use a pannier on rides (like I do -- except yesterday ), you should bring up the 48v. The difference was noticeable for me, especially the initial acceleration from a dead stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleonin View Post
    When you're out and about on your handcycle and suddenly get a flat, what do you do, given your level of injury? Do you have a riding buddy? Do you call someone? DO you have sufficient mobility to change a flat?

    I'm just curious... I had a flat yesterday, and while I do have sufficient mobility to change a flat on the road, I didn't bring any spare tubes with me, so I ended up calling my wife to pick me up... Luckily, I was only about a half a mile from home.

    I have enough mobility for change the tube, i always have with me 2-3 tubes, a foling tire and a tool for inflate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoL1 View Post
    I have enough mobility for change the tube, i always have with me 2-3 tubes, a foling tire and a tool for inflate.
    I usually carry tubes and a pump, but not a folding tire... I need to add that.

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    I ride the flat tire home. May end up with a few nicks in the rim but that's easy to sand out. If it's a long way from home where I got the flat, I ride slower and put on a new tire.

    Got one last week about a mile from home, rode it home and used the same tire. No Problems with it yet.

    I used to ride on Nimble Crosswinds, a carbon fibre wheel. If I had a flat, I had to stop right there and call someone. Having glue on sew-ups was a pain. Went back to a great quallity stainless double butted spoked wheel. No problems riding it home at all. The flat tire protects the rim pretty much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    I ride the flat tire home. May end up with a few nicks in the rim but that's easy to sand out. If it's a long way from home where I got the flat, I ride slower and put on a new tire.

    Got one last week about a mile from home, rode it home and used the same tire. No Problems with it yet.
    Thought about doing that, but I live on top of a hill, so the only way home would be to have PP push me up that hill. Wasn't sure what that would've done to my rim.

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