p8rider here - Just going about my business, I don't usually post much, but I do read alot of what everyone else is up to.
This week I experienced a few milestones I felt noteworthy. On my Trek 5200 I passed 4,000 miles, 1,247 so far for this year. I received the bike at christmas in 2005 and so have been riding it just over a year and a half. As bikes go this one has performed flawlessly and I have totally enjoyed it. If you include this mileage coupled with that from my old Peugeot P8 I have ridden over 5,700 miles since I began riding again in the winter of 2005.
All of this is well and good, but the real milestone is that this morning for the very first time I had a flat tire That's right 5,700 miles before getting my first flat. I carry a spare tube in the wedge pack, had it changed out in about 20 minutes, (rear tire) and got it pumped up with my little mini hand pump well enough to head to my nearby LBS to access a real pump to get the pressure back up to 115lbs. With that I continued on my morning ride, getting in a nice 31 miles and back to the house before the real heat of the day.
Over time I have read so much about so many flats I thought it noteworthy that I have just had my first.