In the beginning, there was a brand new The Captain tire. After a couple of rides, there was a sidewall tear on it. It seemed like a no biggie, just 1/4" long, looking like a thin scratch. Then there was a patch, a large 2" auto patch, glued to the inside of the tire.
Then there were a few hundred miles on the patched tire, with an inner tube filled with slime, and also a tire liner. As the miles accumulated, so did the wear and tear on the poor tire. Then the patched tear began to enlarge into a round hole as the fibers around it began to break, one by one, ride by ride.
The patch began to poke it's bald head out the sidewall tear as if it wanted a piece of the action. "No, said the rider, you stay inside that filthy tire." Then, "what's that?" inquired a fellow riding buddy. "Oh, it's patched, it's good", said I and kept on riding. But another ride later, the patch nearly gave birth to an alien lifeform. It was now bulging out by 1/4" and that was too much for comfort.
Here are the pictures of this sad, true tale of The Captain with a flimsy patch. It all began with a thin, 1/4" long slice and ended like this. Gladly, it was caught before failure on the trail. The End.
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