Have a club ride possibly tomorrow (Dependant on Weather) and after the way I suffered last week I have sorted the bikes. Boreas is coming out of mothballs as it is the faster of the bikes and the lightest. I had laid it up for the winter as I have the Pinnie for winter use. BUT as I say- after last week I need all the help I can get. Checked the wheels and they are true and the bearings were re-greased before I laid it up. Flat front tyre so put air in it and looked at the handbuilts. Last time out I had a rear puncture and although I replaced the tube and got home- I am surprised that I did as a slight bulge in the carcase on the tread area led me to investigate further. A small piece of flint was embedded in the tyre so off with the tyre and push out from inside. Bit of pressure required and I think I can say that I have had my moneys worth out of that tyre. On the tread area it is paper thin and holding up to the light I can see through it in places.
Spare tyre for later so back to Boreas. Front tyre is flat again. Off with the tyre and find the puncture, There was none even after the dip in water to find the bubbles so dry off the tube- refit the tyre and blow back up. 30 minutes later and the tyre is flat again. New tube so another off and on with the tyre and inflate the tube that had gone down. Took the pump off the tube---Complete with the valve. Not the stem--Just the valve. Never had it before but the valve had unscrewed itself out of the stem.
Looks as though I have saved a problem on the ride tomorrow as if I had used either set of wheels- I would have had an aborted ride.