Hey there everyone,
I recently acquired a Giant Expressway 1 from Craig's List - I love the bike and all, but I just blew a tire yesterday. Bummer, huh? Except I took a look at the bike today and it was actually fine!
Yesterday when I was riding, I ran over a small branch, an acorn, or something, and heard a very distinct, loud "pop!" sound. Assuming the worst, I figured I would be experiencing a flat in seconds/minutes, so I decided to ride as far as I could before I started to feel the tire give way - yes, a bad idea, but I really did not want to walk home in the dark. Stupid me for being out so late I guess.
Anyway, I never did feel the tire deflate at all - it only got harder to pedal. When I reached home, I inspected the bike - nothing in the derailleur, no scraping of brake pads, no flat tire. I figured it was most likely a slow leak, but today I rode it, and for the most part, it was fine. It was only a little hard to ride (think high gear pedaling, but no speed/distance achieved, like going through quicksand). But it was actually somewhat easier than yesterday.
I'm starting to think it was all just in my head and the bike is fine. Maybe I just had a particularly invigorating ride, and when I got back to "normal" speeds, I mistakenly thought my bike was busted. The other possibility is that maybe my bike is equipped with a slime tire, which explains the lack of lost air.
Has anything like this happened to anyone? I'm probably going to ride it tomorrow, (because I'm just addicted to my new bike, haha), but I'm thinking I should bring it to a repair shop over the weekend.