A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 08, 2006
Texas Tacks (thorns)

“Texas tacks” are thorns that can destroy bicycle tires. They’re also called “bull heads” or “goat heads.”
Also, the pond was surrounded with an exceptionally nasty variety of burrs we Westerners affectionately call bull heads or Texas tacks.
They were almost all victims of Texas tacks (or goat heads as other people call them.)
Beware of Texas Tacks or Texas Goatheads! Never ride through grass in this area! I only walked my bike for 5 meters through high grass and got two punctures in the front wheel.
I used them on a cross country tour in ‘92 after being plagued by flats (‘Texas Tacks’ are what they call prickly vines that encroach on the shoulder of the roads). 
“Watch out for “Texas Tacks”, a parasistic thorn that is the scourge of bicycle tires”
By the time they reached Dodge City, Kan., they had worn out their tires and had to buy new ones. ``We got a lot of punctures in Kansas from long thorns called Texas Tacks’’ Kathy remembered.
Google Groups: net.bicycle
From:  hamachi
Date:  Mon, Jul 29 1985 12:57 pm
Specialized Expedition tires have been much better to me.  I put over 3000 loaded touring miles on one set with only 2 flats (I foolishly rode through a patch of “Texas tacks”), and there is still plenty of tread left.
13 August 1977, Daily Messenger (Canandaiga, NY), “Bicyclists Arrive At Mississippi River,” pg. 6:
“One story was about ‘Texas Tacks’ which exist on the roads o Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado. They’re little thorns which can become imbedded in the tired.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Tuesday, August 08, 2006 • Permalink

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