Went down for the second time yesterday
I am not sure what exactly happened.
I do know that the roads were wet.
I was going up a pretty steep hill, through a slight curve, with my 15 year old son on the back. I was going real slow, 10-15 MPH because I was fully aware of the problems I just described.
I had another bike following me (with a child on back) and 2 cars following him (both loaded with kids and wives). My buddy told me after we went down that he noticed as I was pulling out that my rear tire "looked a little low".
I think the combined pressure of the passenger, uphill, and curve caused the tire to kinda swag over to one side and maybe gapped the seal just a bit. When that happened all air escaped. All that I noticed was that the back end wobbled and before I could react to the wabble down we went.
I remember exhailing as I hit the pavement "hoo-uh!" and hearing the bike scraping. When the movement stopped I remember thinking "Jimmy (the next bike) is going to run over us!" He didnt. Everyone stopped. My son is fine barely a scratch on his foot and barely a scratch on his oposite shin. I came out much better than I could have. May knee is a little banged up, elbow skinned good, and my foot hurts where it got caught under the bike.
We were only wearing helmets and boots, with t-shirts and jeans. I was also wearing some fingerless feildsheer gloves, wich saved my right hand.
I am not sure what happened, and I know you all already know but please keep an eye on your tire pressure.
Spent the night last night getting a trailer and going back out there to retrieve my bike. It now sits on the front porch. The bike and I both look like we are "licking our wounds".
Bruises and scrapes the next few weeks, and various bike issues will remind me to keep an eye on my tire air pressure. I am still not certian if that is what the problem was. I really dont know what exactly happened.