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Cannonball at Coker Tires

September 13, 2010

During stage 4 we rode to Chattanooga to visit the Coker Tire shop and museum.  Conveniently, my bike got a flat on the rear clincher tire during the day.  No dramatic blowout or tire falling off the rim.  It just went flat.  I have a theory that running tires at 80 psi may be more dangerous than at 45.  Think about balloons popping…



Mr Corky Coker gave all the Cannonballers an excellent dinner and tour of his museum and shop, plus let us use the shop until 4am to repair the bikes.  His generosity was very welcome by the tired participants, and his workers were helpful in the shop until the wee hours.  On top of that, he personally fitted my new tire onto my rim (a British tire that I had bought from England, not from Coker).  What a great guy.



























6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:13 pm

    Pete: Great shot and very heartening to see you “Making Maggie Valley”! Great to see you on the Premier! Every day I look forward to seeing the upward and onward attitude not just from you but from the entire zoo. Keep it up, i rmn & etc… Jim A.

  2. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:20 pm

    Pete: p.s. The three most obscure bikes I ever rode in my misspent youth were:

    1) Francis Barnett
    B) Cotton
    III) James

    All 2-strokes, not like the lovely James you pictured. Jim A.

  3. brian b permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:22 am

    How many people asked to “borrow” a part or two from the bikes up in the racks?
    “I will mail it back to you from Santa Monica”

  4. Bevars permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:41 pm

    Hi Pete – great to see you back on the Premier. You shouldn’t be running anything like 80 psi in the tyres – that is the sort of pressure a heavy car would use. If the rims on the Premier are in good order you should be running no more than 35 – 40 psi in the rear, and 30 – 35 in the front. Leave the lock nut on the valve stem loose and you will be able to see if the tyre is creeping on the rim by the angle of the valve stem. If thhe tyre creeps then raise epressure by 5 psi.

    The lower pressure is safer, and will be more comfortable too – pretty important when you are riding so many miles 🙂

  5. Bevars permalink
    September 14, 2010 4:43 pm

    Hmm – now I re-read your comments maybe you aren’t running on 80 psi – it loks like you are running on 45 and others may be riding on 80.
    I still think 45 is a bit too high – I run my 1918 Royal Enfield v-twin at 35 rear and 30 front. It is a heavy bike on 26 * 3 beaded edge (clincher to you guys) tyres and I am a fat bugger – weigh 23 stone. Bevars

  6. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:02 pm

    Pete:!!! Way to go!! Full points for the stage. A poem in your honor:

    There was a poor cyclist named Pete,
    Who wearied of peddling his feet.
    He built a Premier
    From lost and found gear,
    And travels on feet that are fleet!

    I made that up. Jim A.

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