Ok, so I've been gearing up for some longer rides, but I havent been able to get there, mostly because of a mental roadblock I've been having. I don't trust my equipment. I trust the frame, I trust the brakes, I trust the gears, etc. But I dont trust the rear wheel/tire.
So, I go and get the rear wheel tensioned/trued, and the bad boy seems all set. So I set out determined to see exactly how far I can go in an hour. I am rollin, big time. Get to the half hour time frame and turn around. I look and see where I am..... 7.5 miles!That's right, I'm on the point for 15 MPH average for an hour!
Then the thinkable (yes, it is the opposite of unthinkable) happens, I'm going hard, evidently too hard. I've been cornering nicely all day, leaning in a bit, keeping speed up through some nice round turns. Evidently, I took one of them too hard.... and.... I.... flatted. slowly, over the course of half a mile or so.
5+ miles from home, no spare tube, just got it, forgot to pack it. I call the fiancee, no answer. repeatedly. So I start walking. Get 2 miles to a gas station, fill er up with air. Gets me about 50 yards, before it's obviously deflating again. Keep walking. Finally 1.3 miles from home, fiancee wanders into the room where her cell phone is, and comes and gets me.
So, about the flat, I just had the wheel trued and tensioned, and I thought the pressure was fine before i rode, so the question, is it just that the tire can't hang with my weight? With the performance bike giftcard I got from my folks for my BDay, I had bought Forte Metro-K road tires. These have a kevlar belt, but I dont know that helps with with this kind of issue. Hell, I don't even know for sure that this is my issue. Anyone got any ideas?
As you can tell I'm frustrated. I only got in 9 miles today, and I had hoped for SO MUCH MORE!