I always thought that Rigida had only one concern when selecting an aluminium alloy- the life of their extrusion dies. Scary soft but darn easy to true!
Great Notch, NJ
> Flatted Sunday, riding the 65 Paramount w. Cinelli bivalents, which only
> goes out when the weather is really nice... Rear wheel.
> So, it was not a snake bite. bit of the tire poked a bit too far out
> through the old sidewall, which happens when you're not diligent. Big
> deal, but some comments might be of interest:
> 1) The dollar bill wrapped around the tube did work as a boot, so the
> next tube didn't poke out and blow up. But it may be difficult to
> explain the weird tear patterns to the bank when I trade it in... Maybe
> just laying it over the whole, a couple of layers, would be better.
> 2) Rummaging through the old stuff in the tubes and junk box back home,
> I found the tubular tire repair kits (shudder, they were well used), and
> the next box had some circular cloth patches with a fine cloth laminated
> to them. Maybe 2 cm diameter. Looked like they might have been sold
> for booting tires. Seemed to work (after cleaining the patch and tire
> inside with rubber buffer), but I have no memory of when I might have
> gotten them.
> 3) The Rigida narrow hook-bead rim had a ding at one point. Really
> scary how easily it pretty much pulled out with just a pair of pliers.
> This is not your neighborhood heat-treated or ceramic-surfaced aluminum!
> The little surprises keep it fun.
> harvey sachs
> mcLean Va