Bubba Ho-Tep's BFF
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Escaped NYC
Bikes: Brompton & a Bianchi Volpe do-it-all-bike
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That's great to hear. So many folks always saying NYers are such nasty people...
did a good deed yesterday... Two young boys who play out back by a garage I rent by home (houses 2 bikes, one Civic, and too much junk...) often come up to see what I'm doing, they're just looking for something to do sometimes. Anyway... I was putting air in my tires before putting in the bike after riding home from work. One of them drags his rusty Pacifica up telling me he's got a flat. Sure enough, in the seriously worn down tread on the knobby, there's a bit of glass. I extract the glass, pull out my patch kit & tire irons and show the kids how to take off the tire and try to find the hole in the tube.
Eventually, we find the hole, and I let them patch it and put the tire back on. I let them get started on the pump, but it's a bit too high for them, they're not getting much pressure in there.
So I finish it off. I mean the tube. KAPOW! Blow out. Patch held fine though... I was just about at the right pressure, not sure if the tube was pinched somewhere, I should have double checked the work. At least the kids got an idea of how to do it...
So, I'm off to buy a 20" tube in a bit and see if I can figure out how to get those back pegs off so I can take off the rear wheel... Told them I'd fix it up for them. Felt responsible.
Well, at least I gave them something to talk about...