aeroisnteverything wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:43 pm
Calnago wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:24 pm
I just put the pen there for scale, it’s really small and fits easily and comfortably in my jersey pocket. For comparison, my iPhone 10 which I’m writing on right now weighs 210g in its silicone case and fits in my other jersey pocket.
Why not just put 25ml of sealant into the tub before you set off and not take any of that with you? To each his/her own I guess, but I shudder at the thought of dragging all that. 210g repair kit, plus 280g for your spare tub - nearly 500g total. Yeah, iPhone is heavy too, and if I could, I’d leave that at home as well.
I don't put sealant in unless I have to, when/if I puncture. And it sure is convenient compared to the old days. Really makes riding tubulars a no brainer now for me. Seems to always work (but I know one day it won't, hence having a spare), and it's super easy... easier than changing a clincher tube. But once sealant is in there, it's in there... you can't get it out. That makes using that tire as a spare down the road impossible. So, the tires I never had to add sealant to, I can change when they get fairly worn for new ones, and use them as flexible, pliable spares. Also, with sealant sloshing around in there, it runs the risk of drying out and forming a big clump that can either 1) stick the tube inside together to itself, or 2) coagulate in such a spot that even though you can get air into it, it can create an imbalance in the tire that can be very noticeable when you're riding, in the same way that if your car tires were not balanced. In fact, last week this exact scenario occurred on a friends wheel, which he had purchased used, with a tubeless tubular on it. Probably has dried up sealant in it exactly as I described above. Will need to remove that tubular and put a new one on because even though it holds air just fine, the imbalance makes for a very disconcerting ride. Even made a little video on the weekend after I rode it trying to figure out what the heck was wrong...
For your viewing pleasure...
As for the "repair kit"... I like to be prepared. It gives me peace of mind, and I like to be self reliant, knowing that I have a modest amount of tools and the know how to fix most of whatever may occur on the road, be it to me or someone else. At least I'm not carrying around 500g of screeching, rubbing, hissing, disc brake hardware everywhere I go. Re the phone, it is my lifeline... I can call/text, take pictures, am reachable by those who care (no one
). Can get in touch with someone re a change of plans. Can get in touch with someone to make plans (meet for lunch, beer, whatever, or to hook up at such and such a spot and continue riding together). I enjoy going out for most of the day if I can, not just an hour here and there to see how fast I can do the gerbil loop. And like was already mentioned, how many public phone booths have you passed lately, maybe in the UK you have lots (love those phone booths), but here phone booths are largely a thing of the past and few and far between. Also, you say that "if you could", you would leave your phone at home. Then why don't you? I could leave my phone at home too, I choose not to. It's not a race, I like having it with me. I actually don't know anyone who doesn't have their phone with them on a ride.
bm0p700f wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:53 pm
why do you need a phone when riding. We used to get along without one once upon a time.
We got along with alot of things once upon a time, but a mobile phone is something that I would have loved to have back then as much as I do now. I used to take a small camera with me. It only did one thing and weighed much more than my mobile phone of today. In addition to the reasons I mentioned earlier, one thing that is probably the most important of all is that, combined with say a Garmin 1030 (which I use), there is a feature called "Incident Detection". I often ride alone, and sometimes in areas where if something went terribly wrong, I could find myself on the other side of a guard rail out of sight of passing cars. If I was unconscious, the crash impact would trigger the incident detection and any contacts I have designated would be contacted immediately along with the GPS coordinates. So, I could be unconscious or so out of it I couldn't think, and help would already be on the way. Now that is a feature worth having in itself, even if you didn't have a camera, text, email and all the other niceties of modern day mobile phones. Yeah, I don't need electronic shifting, but I'm sure not leaving home without my phone. Many of my WW posts have been written while stopped having a coffee, lunch, or a beer somewhere out on the bike.
From my iPhone...