Ludwig, we're gonna meet Sergey at the Sunkus conbini on R70, near R246 at 10:15. If you're riding out James and I'll be at the entrance to North Yabitsu (R70/R64) at 9am. Maybe too late for you, but you could let us know if you plan to be there or not?I was thinking of riding out after the game, i.e. very, very early, and returning pretty early too so I can still work in the afternoon.
Ludwig, it must be as the tube heats up it expands and pushes even harder through the exposed gaps in the spoke holes due to narrow rim tape. I've never had such problems before. The electic tape I had on today was very cheap and the adhesive back didn't hold, causing it to fold up and expose the holes once again. HED claim the wheels need 20 or 22mm rim tape, which seems very rare in Japan after about 10 calls to different shops. Just ordered it at Chain Reaction. I'm gonna get some super strong tape tomorrow, wrap it around the rim and then put a rubber 18mm rim tape over the top until the 22mmm Velox tape arrives. Hopefully that'll get me through the weekend. No more punctures pleaseray:Mike, glad you got rescued again - first by James's genius, then by a friendly stranger.
I wonder why it always happens on descents. Do you break a lot with your rear break? Of course this can't be the only cause, because I have never had a puncture because of heat, even when getting both wheels to glow. In fact, have had only one punc in 20,000km, running at fast speed through water and not seeing a nasty stone. Running Continental tyres with Continental tubes on wheels that don't require rim tape.