So I start out on a 25 miler today, and around 5 miles I hear a clacking, thought I had broken a spoke. Something in the side of the back tire was hitting the brakes as it came around. It was brown, looked like a thorn. Pulled it out, and it kept coming. 1" nail.
Didn't have any repair kit with me, wifey came in the SUV, and I took it direct to the LBS. I knew they could fix it quicker than me, and it was 90 today, and I wanted to ride!
Bike is a Trek Madone 3.1, and has about 1K on it (got it at the end of last year). Chris looks at the entrance wound and says he will look closer after it's off the rim.
Well, you could see through the hole, and recommended I replace the tire. Upon closer examination, I had already worn that tire to the cord. I ride kind of hard and make really hard sweeping turns on some of my rides. This is the least miles I ever got out of a set though.
Decided to get a pair of new tires if I'm going to do it. Front has some life left in it, so will keep it as a spare if something happens on a weekend or something, along with the old tube. I ended up with Gatorskins (good?)
Needless to say, in less than 1/2 hour, I was back on the road. Wallet was a little over $100 lighter, but I can't complain. I ride the heck out of this thing. The fact that they dropped what they were working on, and got me back on the road quick is why I will always support them.
My ride was shortened to 20 miles...I'll make it up tomorrow