I just got back from a week at the beach where I put 178 miles on my Raleigh Misceo 1.0 riding up and down Ocean Blvd in Surfside Beach SC. It was lots of fun and really enjoyed myself. The Misceo is perfect for the beach and I have put about 280 miles on it over the two weeks I have been able to ride it this winter. Came back to Ohio last night.
The weather was halfway decent here today, so I decided to take my 2010 Specialized Sectuer Triple out for a ride tonight. I just bought it a month ago, mainly to ride on a trainer over the winter. I have about 120 miles on it using a Elite RealTour trainer, but it has never seen the road. I played around for an hour getting used to it and was really having fun. I climbed a couple of pretty steep hills in the area and was really getting a feel for the bike.
I parked it and took care of some other stuff in the garage while the weather was decent. After I was done, I carried the bike back into the basement and found out I had a flat rear tire. There was a tiny little rock that had embedded itself into the tire and went on to puncture the tube. I don't have a patch kit, so I am not going to be able to ride for a day or so while I figure out what replacement tire to buy.
This is the first flat I have gotten on a bicycle in the last year, and since this is my first road bike in 35+ years and I had only ridden only about 10 miles, I am obviously a little nervous that I am going to be going through a bunch of money on tires and tubes.
So I have some questions that hopefully you experts can help me with:
1) Is it possible that the rear tire was compromised / made softer by being used on the trainer? The tread looks OK, so it is not wore out or anything.
2) If the tire was not compromised, are Specialized All Condition 700cx25 tires any good? That is what came on the bike.
3) Should I just patch the tube and not worry about the tiny hole in the tire? That doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
4) If not, should I buy a better tire that the All Conditions? If so, what would you recommend?
Thanks for your assistance!!!