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Back. What an adventure.

2010/12/28

We returned late last night in the wee hours from CT.  It was great to return to civilization.  (More like an escape from the bar scene in Star Wars.)

There’s a bridge about a hundred or so miles from home… has a serious concrete crack at one of the expansion joints.  WHAM-WHAM!! I learned something about rubber and aluminum alloys.  Yeah, well, smacking that brutal pothole at 55 pounded the front tire against the rim, hard.  Instead of a nice stiff steel rim letting the hard concrete slice the tire sidewall to shreds, the rim strained into a gentle reverse-curve.  Now, I think our guardian angel was an engineer.  Sure, air escaped the tire… but the tire bead shrank down and re-attached itself against the rim at about 15 psi.  That was just enough pressure to permit us to crawl the car up to a nearby Sunoco.

So… I pulled the rear wheel and swapped-in the tiny spare, then pulled the front and swapped in the real tire. Hobbled home at a moderate pace. The bent front wheel is beyond repair. I still haven’t checked the former rear-wheel. At the cost of the new aluminum rim now on order, I’m not that brave.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/12/31 16:22

    Well, that was an adventure, Ran. Glad you made it through safely. I’ve noticed that several bloggers spent some portion of the holidays in Connecticut.

  2. 2010/12/31 16:42

    Thanks Maggie!

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