Well, maybe that's a little strong, but, it was my worst yet.
Today's commute got off to a great start.
Did a little pre-commute warm up. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
Got out of bed. Got dressed. Looked at my floor pump, gave the rear tire a pinch and thought, solid as a rock, why bother. Loaded up the bike and hit the road. About 62 degrees and a little breezy. It just doesn't any better than that. I managed to stay out of the granny ring for the few modest climbs I have. Even hammered a few of them out of the saddle. I was hoping for maybe a personal best.
About 8 miles into the 12 mile commute, any thoughts of PBs were dashed.
My nightsun does a great job of pointing out the potholes, but, it does require I pay attention. I zoned out for a moment and whacked a pothole dead center at about 22mph.
Feck!!!! I thought. The pinch flat ferry is sure to pay a visit after that one....I thought. A few seconds later, right on time, she arrived.
No biggie, I thought, slap a new tube in and I'll still make it to work by 6.
As I reached into one of the now inverted panniers i felt something a little mushy. my chinese takeout tupperwear didn't much like being flipped over, so it coated the inside of the pannier and my pump with ravioli. Oh well. So I gotta buy lunch.
I got the new tube in and pumped away. After about 30 seconds I figured, for a second time that day, that the tire had enough in it. My portable pump sucks. If you hammer away for a few minutes, you can get to about 80 lbs. I didn't. Probably had 50 or 60, but, i figured the road was pretty good from there on out and it's getting light, so if i don't hit anything I'll be fine.
An underinflated tire, overinflated rider (235ish), 700x25 tires, another 15 pounds of junk in the panners, is seriously calling out the pinch flat ferry.
Sure enough, about another mile down the road I hit a slight bump. I think it might have been a poorly filled pothole.
Anyway, I found my self once again sitting on the side of the road. This time however, I didn't have another good tube. I had my patch kit which had one way too large patch and nothing to cut it with.
I attempted a repair, but, as soon as I started pumping it up, it failed.
At least I had my cell phone. So I called work and had the supervisor, who fortunately has a pickup and is a riding buddy, come get me.
Next time I set out from the house, I will have 120lbs of air in both tires, at least 2 extra tubes, locking tupperware and hopefully be below 230 lbs. Even thinking about bumping up a size in rubber.
Will a 28 tire fit my bone stock trek 1200 in place of the 25s currently on it? I think it will. I think I can stand to give up .0003 mph that a slightly fatter tire will cost me. Would also like a recommendation on a portable pump. It doesn't have to be a frame mount pump. Just small enough to strap down to my pannier rack or inside the panniers. I recall something here being mentioned awhile back. I think it was a topeak. The nice thing was that it had a hose, so you aren't stressing the stem as you pump.