So I'm tooling around Central Park today in the gorgeous weather when I hear what sounds like a leaf caught in my spokes. Look... no leaf (besides, it's spring not fall!). Get off the bike... rear tire is soft. Arrgh! Fortunately, this being Central Park, there was a bench nearby at which I decided to carefully deal with this weirdness.
That was a good idea. I pumped the tire a bit and heard the telltale hiss of a flat. The problem was that there was a little hole in the tire -- apparently the tube was pinched or bulged through the hole and poof! flatted. While riding the hiss was interruped as the hole was covered with that part of tire on the ground (hence the "leaf" sound).
Anyhow, wanting to put in about six laps, and this being the first, I was determined to do something about it. I struck upon the bright idea of using one of my glueless patches on the tire (on the inside, of course). I also patched the tube as I had everything out (rather than go to a spare). The ride was fine after that.
My question: is it time for a new tire or will my patch hold? I'm a little worried because I'm likely doing a 70mi group ride on Saturday.