Smoother Posted February 23, 2017 Share Posted February 23, 2017 I have wheeled over 800 km but I ALWAYS use a leash, to keep my wheel from running off over a cliff, etc. On Sunday I was forced to upgrade my leash, I guess Lassie ( my wheel) was tired of the old one. so, what happened? you ask. well, I was riding along minding my own business. It was a windy day and I had just finished watching the kitesurers doing their thang. All of a sudden my leash ( which is a luggage strap in a loop) was ripped out of my hand. I wasn't sure how, at the time, but I know where it went; under the wheel. About the same time I was thinking ' oh, this is going to be a problem, I better get off soon. No, better get off now...' The leash bound up around the wheel and the wheel shot off infront of me dumping me off the back. I wasn't going that fast, so I was able to run it off, with two steps. More disturbing was the fact that I was on a public road ( quite rare for me) and there was a car passing me at that exact moment; in fact, the wheel shot off to the left a bit and landed about 60cm from the car as it rolled by. A little further and it would have either banged into the side or gone under the rear wheel. Phew!!! I took Lassie over to the beach and found a low wall on which to examine the carnage. Using various bits of trash strewn in the sand, I was able to remove the damaged leash, all FOUR pieces,of it! And believe it or not, within 3 m of where I was standing I found leash 3.0 ( 1.0 being the one that came with the wheel, and 2.0 now recently deceased). See picture of 2.0 deceased, and 3.0 long live the leash, long live the leash. Leash 3.0 is just the right length, made of man made rope material and both ends have been finished and wrapped with black tape. It's as good as if I ordered it from Amazon for instant on the beach delivery, I could not believe it. I'm very happy with 3.0 and it will be with me until the next near death-leash-induced incident. now about how it happened. The strong wind was coming from the rear, and 2.0 must have been blowing forward. At some point it contacted the tire and was dragged downwards. As it wrapped itself around the axle, the tension got high enough to shred it. These straps are strong,. I use two of these to tie down my 700lb ( 340kg) motorcycle in the back of a van, and I once used one similar to this to hoist a car engine out of an old car. The torque needed to destroy it must have been immense. Actually, if Lassie hadn't slowed temporarily to shred it and then accelerated, I would have been able to ride through it. Very impressive... Not me, the torque ! moral: use a one piece leash, and not too long to touch the tire when held normally. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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