Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Port Dover Ontario Canada
Bikes: 1958 Sun Cresta, 1971 Robin Hood Sports, 1976 SuperCycle Excalibur, 1979 Raleigh DL1 Tourist, 2014 Salsa Vaya, 2016 Giant ATX27.5, 2012 Giant Halfway Folder,1993 Raleigh Portage MTB and others
Had my first flat on my new Salsa Vaya last week. I had just cleaned the bike and removed my tools. My spare 700C tube (Schrader) had been with my tools in the seat bag. Not that that mattered much, the Sun-ringle Inferno rims are presta. My riding buddy called to see I had time for a 20km ride for a coffee. I geared up and took off on my shiny new bike. Most of our ride is rail trail and MUP with some streets on both ends. The ride went without issue except I noticed that both of us forgot our tools when we attempted a minor adjustment on the trail.
The next morning I went out to the garage to find the rear wheel flatter than a pancake! A shard of glass had entered a tread block, pushed through the Kevlar protection in the Schwalbe Silento and punctured the tube. I was lucky that it must have happened near the end of the ride.
I purchased two new tubes, patched the old one, bought a new Blackburn pump for Presta valves.
Now at least one tube, the pump, patch kit, multitool, and two levers are ready for every ride.
We are what we reflect. We are the changes that we bring to this world. Ride often. -Geo.-