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Old 05-26-07, 08:52 AM   #1
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2 Firsts this week

1 - My first week of riding more than 100 total miles! A century for me, who cares if it took 4 separate rides to achieve it.
2 - My first flat on the new bike . Happened Thursday and wouldn't you know it would be the rear wheel. Luckily I've taken to carrying disposable latex gloves in my toolkit, so I was saved from hands full of grease. Also luckily I had a spare with me, as the instant ( self adhesive ) patch kit I got from Performance wasn't worth squat. The repair stop served as a nice unplanned rest. Stopped by the LBS on the way home and picked up a new tube.
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Old 05-26-07, 09:27 AM   #2
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Those leaches do not work that well (The glueless patches) But I find that it only takes about 30 seconds fgor glue to go off on a normal repair kit-Gives me a fraction longer rest. Then the Spare tube can stay as a spare tube for a while longer. As to the grease- cycling specific cycling tops work for me - Just wipe your palms on the grass so as not to get your grips dirty- then as you cycle along Wipe your hands on the back of your fellow riding partners

Edit- Stop getting punctures and you can get a longer ride in so 2 rides for 100 next week- Well done on getting the distance up and 4 rides in a week- lucky devil.
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Old 05-26-07, 09:44 AM   #3
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4 rides is easy 'cause I work afternoons and nights. I would get in 5 a week, but just took on some extra work for the summer that kills my Fridays. Also that flat has made me rethink my pre work riding habits. I rode this morning but did boring loops in the park as I would be closer to home if I did get a flat.
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1 - My first week of riding more than 100 total miles! A century for me, who cares if it took 4 separate rides to achieve it.
2 - My first flat on the new bike . Happened Thursday and wouldn't you know it would be the rear wheel. Luckily I've taken to carrying disposable latex gloves in my toolkit, so I was saved from hands full of grease. Also luckily I had a spare with me, as the instant ( self adhesive ) patch kit I got from Performance wasn't worth squat. The repair stop served as a nice unplanned rest. Stopped by the LBS on the way home and picked up a new tube.
Congratualtions. It took me also 4 separate tries to achieve mine. I share with you the first this week for me as well. 1) Had a flat last Saturday that cut my ride short after 7.7 miles and I walked the bike home and rushed to the LBS. I didnt have any tool kit with me but on my next trip to the LBS, I will inquire about purchasing a basic bike repair kit to bring along with me as my rides have been getting longer. 2) I have accomplished the longest ride on Thursday, 45.5 miles personal record and that is on a folder. My total for the week is 106.83 and as follows, 7.7 (5/19/07) , 21.3( 5/20/07) 45.5(5/24/07) and 32.2(5/25/07). I'm so glad I read your post and calculated what I accomplished this past week in total distance. Now I'm itching to get back on the saddle and break the 50. Again, congratulations to you.
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One of the things you learn to do on a bike is to repair a puncture. Mountain bike amd I am always getting them- Tandem and it normally waits to go down in the shed but the road bike I have only ever had 1 puncture. Only problem I had was getting the pressure up to 100 psi with the arms that I have. Have to change them before the next ride.

Each bike has its own kit of tube, levers and repair kit. One thing I noticed is that I buy the same manufacture of patch kit but the road one has silly little patches in it- about half the size of the MTB one.
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Also that flat has made me rethink my pre work riding habits. I rode this morning but did boring loops in the park as I would be closer to home if I did get a flat.
I would not worry to much about staying near home because of flats. You won't have them very often and they only take a few minutes after you have done 1 or 2. Last week wife and I were coming home with a deadline set by her to have time to shower and watch something on TV. We are 2 miles from home and she has a flat and say "oh no, we'll never make it". I had her time me on the first flat on her bike and it took me 7 minutes without really hurrying. We made her deadline and all was well.
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1 - My first week of riding more than 100 total miles! A century for me, who cares if it took 4 separate rides to achieve it.
2 - My first flat on the new bike . Happened Thursday and wouldn't you know it would be the rear wheel. Luckily I've taken to carrying disposable latex gloves in my toolkit, so I was saved from hands full of grease. Also luckily I had a spare with me, as the instant ( self adhesive ) patch kit I got from Performance wasn't worth squat. The repair stop served as a nice unplanned rest. Stopped by the LBS on the way home and picked up a new tube.
Congratulations!

My flats always seem to be on the rear tire
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Excellent! I am nowhere near that mark as yet. I might have done close to 50 on the week where I took a 26 mile ride, but as I don't track my miles closely, I don't remember.
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I never kept track either until I bought a Garmin Edge last year. Their software keeps track for me.
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