Glad to hear your gear is OK so far
Originally Posted by giganews35
7/16 over 1/2 = tight fit. Lots of people do it. But even if I had a clamp on there it would eventually given up or something else would have happened...did you see the corrosion?
The clamp/no clamp is a choice I suppose, kind of riding a bike without a helmet. Backups and safety equipment only show their worth when something goes wrong. Until then, everything's fine, but the consequences of a mishap can be much more severe without it.
That corrosion/gunky nasty buildup is definitely a major problem on its own, but I do not think there is any way the tube would have popped off entirely if there were clamps in place... the clamp puts a collar behind the barb so in order to slip off, either the clamp would have to somehow come loose or snap, or the tubing itself would have to burst, and that would take a much, much larger amount of force than you would ever see in a normal loop.