On part of my commute I have to bike a few miles through "the hood" (for lack of a better term). Unfortunately, the other day I had a flat right in pobably the worst part of it. So I tried to fix it right then and there, but not a minute after I stopped (and NOBODY around) someone came up and what else...."ya got fifty cents?" so i rode almost flat to the next major intersection where there are a few legitimate businesses where I'd be relatively safe to change the tube.
My question to those of you who ride in not so great areas, how do you deal with situations like the above? Any tips? (I might add that anyone looking at me can see from a mile away I don't belong in the area)