Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized FS
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Notes from a diminishing Clyde: 24 miles...almost!
Today was the day I was going to break 24 miles at lunch...a neat jaunt out some rural roads to a golf course that will be sponsoring an LPGA event tomorrow, as well as around an airport that is prepping for a big weekend airshow. At about mile 20, I noticed a dishearteningly familiar small yellow blip on the front tire with every rotation and thought "Oh great...a tire thorn". The air seemed to be holding fine, and I knew I ran the risk of a fast leak while still 4 miles out if I removed it. I elected to ride home and monitor the situation carefully. Sure enough, about a mile from my destination, a sound like a hand clap and the subsequent deceleration - a blowout large enough to put your thumb inside. 23 miles, 91 minutes, and a half mile walk home. Not exactly the triumphant finish I had been dreaming of, nor the ensuing victory lap round the hood.
My spirits were dampened, but not dominated: the elusive 24 mile goal will live to be broken another day!
Keep the rubber side down!