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    First wreck and crappy front tire.

    I was out today on an easy overgrown road. There was an old galvanized pipe in the road, about a 21' section. I believe it is a 1" pipe. I went to cross it ( maybe 15-20 degree angle) and I have never been thrown to the ground so fast since a stirrup leather broke on a bronc. I laid there for a minute and caught my breath, turned off my bike and limped around. I pulled a hammy of all things!

    I think I will change that front tire out tomorrow before it kills me.

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    Oh no! I hope you are okay. A pipe slide could happen with other tires, but... I think you learned why we nicknamed the stock front "death wing".
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    Here’s a near new Death Wing for sale on Craigslist for $50 if anyone needs an extra. I threw mine in the trash as a public service.
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    Glad you are relatively alright and came out of it ok, all things considered. Could it of happened with a different front tire? Sure. But it definitely happened with the stocker. That tire always felt like crap on pretty much any surface. Mind as well get a much better alternative. Oh, and watch those pipes man. Ouch.
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    Whoa. Glad to hear you are okay enough to post.
    Similar to Leisuretime Larry's comment, sliding on a smooth pipe can happen with most any tire anyway so be careful going forward with whatever tire you get.

    Like why my golf swing sucks equally with my $39.00 driver from Costco as it does with my friends $400.00 driver.
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    heal fast, ride on
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    I can tell from unfortunate experience there's not a tire available that will grip on a cross-angled approach to a wet oil-field pipe.
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    Pipes! GAAAHHHH Rain gutters! Railroad crossings! Wet logs! Always cross them at right angles if at all possible. I learned that 50 years ago.....and 40 years ago......and 5 years ago.....Maybe now I can finally remember NOT TO DO THAT!
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    I thought the pipe was an operational pipeline that would be rigid and not move when I hit it. Instead, it was a single 21' section that rolled slightly when I hit it. I had NO chance with the loose pipe. I was willing to take my chances with the solid one. Not sure it would have made a difference or not. No good way to find out. I took this pipe and carried it off the road and threw it in a mesquite tree. When I looked down there was another section below me. We had lots of winter rains and the weeds and grass are DEEP, concealing all the nasties.

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