Old Wheels - Check them for rust / corrision

DavidFL

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First trip on the AT after it's been parked for close on a month getting an engine overhaul & i get a flat FRONT tyre.
Fortunately it was not at speed, but I was going into one of my favourite left handers & if the engine had been fully run in I might have been cranked right over & opening the throttle right up.
Lucky man I thought.

It did strike me as a bit odd though, a flat front & basically a new tyre. So when I chugged into the Castrol Biked Point 500 metres up the road, I was a bit surprised to find nothing in the tyre to indicate a puncture from a nail, piece of steel or glass.

After taking out the tube & inspecting the tyre we were a little surprised to see the puncture was on the inside of the tube & not the outside.

However after a close inspection of the front wheel rim it was no surprise.

In fact I was somewhat shocked at the state of the inner front wheel rim. :shock:

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but then I thought a 95 model bike with 268,000 kms on the clock. :?: :idea:
Perhaps this is something that I should have paid attention to a long time ago. :?:

I had never picked up this before because whenever tyres have been changed the bike goes into the Bridgestone car tyre shop, they change tyres in 20 minutes & pop the wheels back on. I never look or checked. :roll:

So the moral of the story - if you've got an older bike with high kms pay attention to your wheel rims. :thumbup:

I'm now open to suggestions & recommendations for a new set of wheels for the AT. :think:

FRONT: 21 Inch. 90/90 21 inch tyre.
REAR: 17 Inch. 130/90 - 17 inch tyre.

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rmbike

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Check mine every tyre change/flat.

I've saw this plenty when I was restoring and racing vintage mx bikes.