Tacks on Vancouver Ave bike lane cause several flats
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 16th, 2011
Small and very sharp tacks have been showing up in the bike lane of N Vancouver Avenue for the past few days and they’ve claimed several victims.
I got the first report about them on Tuesday from reader Brian R. who said he was rolling on Vancouver at about 3:30 pm when three tacks pierced his front tire. “I was curious if any of your other readers had the same misfortune or it was just my bad luck?”
Then I heard from Metropolis Bike Shop owner Nathan Roll. Roll’s shop is on Williams, just one block away from Vancouver. Roll said he had two customers come into the shop with double flats caused by “large numbers of tacks in the Vancouver bike lane.” Roll said the tacks were in the road just south of Russell.
“The first time it happened [on Tuesday] one of my guys went out and picked up a handful of thumbtacks. Today, the customer went out and came back with a handful of tiny carpet tacks that are a dark grey color that I’m sure is almost invisible at 15-20 mph.”
Roll has called in a maintenance request to the city and he’s curious if anyone else has gotten flats.
And then just a few hours ago I got a message via Twitter from @senortrio who wrote, “Just got 2 flat tires from tacks in the Rose Quarter bus mall.” After I asked for more info, @senortrio added that he was headed down Vancouver before he noticed the tacks and that they got his friend’s tires too.
The tacks could have fallen off a truck and spilled into the bike lane. Or of course, someone could be playing a mean trick (it’s been known to happen in the past). Whatever’s going on, I’m curious if other readers have flatted in this location and I hope the City gets it swept up soon.
Bikers In Central Park Attacked By Thumbtacks From Anonymous Source
Posted: 07/12/2012 5:35 pm
The scenic bike paths of Central Park were allegedly booby-trapped with thumbtacks last week, deflating tires and sending city cyclists flying off course.
The New York Post reports that at least 12 bikers’ tires were punctured on July 3 at the Harlem Slope section of the park.
While police at the Central Park Precinct scoffed at the incident, saying “a flat tire is not the crime of the century,” bikers were quick to see the thumbtacks as a weapon in a battle of a much larger war.
The culprits behind the thumb tack assault, they suggested, may be “self-entitled” Central Park runners.
A cyclist told The Post, “I really don’t want to point fingers, but some think it could have been a disgruntled runner. There is kind of a rivalry in the park between cyclists and runners.”
The often thorny relationship between runners and cyclists in Central Park is well-documented. (For example, the rift last fall over renovations to a Bronx trail.) But could runners really be so vengeful as to strategically plant thumbtacks and wreak havoc on their rivals?
Or perhaps dog owners are to blame? In 2006, over 50 city dog groups won the right to keep their pups unleashed during certain hours, a decision that left whizzing bikers disappointed.
Will Central Park bikers retaliate with their own tactics? Will runners reveal themselves as the thumbtack offenders? Is this all an overblown, #OnlyInNewYork incident? Stay tuned here for updates.
Tacks On Course Cause Nearly 30 Flat Tires
Date: July 15, 2012
by Alfie Crow
Source : SBNation.com
Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France concluded on Sunday morning, but there might have been some nefarious action afoot. Defending 2011 Tour champion Bradley Wiggins suffered a flat tire due to debris in the road, debris that wound up being tacks and gave about 30 riders flat tires, according to race director Jean-Francois Pecheux.
After finishing the Stage, Wiggins was upset but also noted there’s not much that can be done. “What can you do? It’s something we can’t control. There’s nothing stopping more of that sort of stuff happening,” Wiggins said.
“It’s sad. Those are the type of things we have to put up with as cyclists. I think people take that for granted sometimes, just how close they can get to us. If that happened in a football stadium, or wherever, you’d be arrested, CCTV.”
As you can clearly see in the video, there were tacks or nails thrown across the course. Race director Pecheux noted that finding the culprit among thousands of roadside fans would be very difficult.
Facebook : Ron Friedel
Sunday, 16 Sep 2012
Some jerk spread upholstery tacks on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail yesterday. There were lots, and lots of flat tires. We made it home but we had two flat tires this morning. The city of Port Washington needs to find out who did this. A big economic interest; there were 16 cyclists in our group and we spent lots of money at Newport Shores. There were other cyclists there too, with similar stories about flat tires.
(Note: I’ve known Ron and his wife for almost 20 years. He is a long time touring cyclists with several cross country tours under his saddle. They bought our Ryan Fleetwood recumbent tandem from a few years ago. We were moving to a different style of recumbent tandem with a high bottom bracket.
Ron now rides with a group of folks who are retired and obviously well-heeled and enjoying a life of well-earned leisure. I can almost hear his voice as he decries the needless and wanton act of strewing tacks across a heavily used bike trail.
In fact we rode this very trail a couple of weekends ago and still find it one of the more delightful ones in the tri-state area.)
Sooner Or Later
Somebody who thinks of himself as a “bad boy” and wants to stick it to a few cyclists (sorta the anti-Gabe of ChainLink fame) will decide to perpetrate a mean trick on some of Chicago’s urban cyclists. That’s too bad. I’m frankly surprised that some of the recipients of the “Happy Friday” chant haven’t realized how easy it would be to bring the entire Critical Mass to a screeching halt in a single afternoon.
Maybe before things ever get that ugly we can find a way to ride our bikes and make a statement that “does not piss people off”. But hey, if ChainLinkers are having fun doing what they do best, then who am I to complain. Just saying.