...turned out to be the right decision.
On my commute home this morning I felt a familiar swishy sensation from underneath me. I quickly stopped and reaffirmed my suspicions....the air was exiting my rear wheel. Ooops.
I had rained quite hard over night and with all the road debris from the storms earlier in the week my bike had quite a bit of loose, wet junk adheering to the wheels and tires. I also have a Hostel Shoppe Gizmo on the dropout to which I attach my kickstand.
Decision time....fix it out on the road or walk it home and fix it in a dry, secure area. I took the Volae on a 2.6 mile walk. I used the sidewalk and tracked the bike along side on the grass as much as possible to keep from dinging up the wheel. Once I reached my dry, well lit garage and was able to hang 'Little Blue Bike' from the rafters I realized that I had made a good choice.
There is no slot in the Gizmo for the axle to slide through so I had to pull the skewer and yes, one of the springs took a little journey. It was easily retrievable in the garage but might not have been out on the road. When I got the dirty wet tire off of the dirty wet rim I couldn't keep the debris from collecting inside the tire or the rim. So right now the wheel and tire are in the basement drying out and I'm going up to bed. I'll deal with the bike later at my leisure and most likely I'll ride the Trek in to work tonight, another good reason to have more than one bike for any given purpose. This would have been quite a cluster mess without an opportunity to dry things up properly.
The Kenda Quests on the bike now are two seasons old so I think I'll take this opportunity clean the bike up a bit and maybe order a new pair of tires and tubes. I'm thinking about trying a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. I've got them on the Tour Easy and I like them a lot.
Though it was a touch embarrasing to be walking the bike home I think this time it was the right move. If I absolutely had to, I know I could have repaired the bike on the road, but I may have lost a few little pieces and probably would have redone the entire job later at home anyway to ensure no debris got inside the tire with the tube.