We need a puncture Whisperer!!
Yesterday 5 of us did a 65mile spin in gorgeous weather. Cork Midleton Rathcormac Ballyhooley Cork. Mick got 3 punctures. None of us had had one for weeks. We could only explain one of them and then it was just a theory.
He was back from touring in France but not on this bike. He started out with a brand new tyre, 23c, inflated as hard as Arthur Scargill's neck. After 11 miles, puncture. Not an explosion, but a silent one. Tiny hole in tube on the side, nothing in tyre, tyre removed inspected etc. Rim tape perfect. New tube installed. Off we go. After 11 miles same thing. This time small puncture, but a tell-tale crease around the punctured area, leading me to believe that the tube had a fold in it in the tyre casing, and in my experience, this WILL puncture, sooner or later.
Another new tube. Off we go. 11 miles later (11 miles EACH TIME!!!), puncture no. 3. On outside of a different area of the tube. Nothing in tyre, rim tape, no exposed wire in tyre, not a pinch puncture. Combined genius of 5 very experienced cyclists (4 really, Donie is to bike mechanics what Eddie the Eagle was to skijumping) fails to suggest any reason for it. Off we go and reach home 30+ miles away. No further incident.
What the hell is going on??
Donie practicing the sport at which he excels. Bike-wrestling!