I'm a newbie. Loving every minute, but I am NOT mechanically gifted. Never was, never will be. I once poked a hole in a very old refrigerator/freezer with a screwdriver trying to defrost it and let all the freon escape. On another occasion, I poked a hole in my car battery trying to get the cable connectors loose. I once thought I could fix the kitchen sink and ended up paying a plumber twice as much as it would have cost had I called him in the first place.
Okay, so I'm getting back into cycling, and every day I start thinking -- what if I have a flat? WHAT if I HAVE A FLAT???
The dealer gave me a 60 second course on how to patch a flat, and I've been reading Cycling for Dummies, and still I wonder -- how does one learn to fix a flat BEFORE one gets a flat? Seems like the last place I would want to make the attempt would be out on the road somewhere, the sun beaming down at 90 degrees, the sweat running down my neck, the cars racing by at breakneck speed, my water bottle empty, and not another cyclist (read: angel) in sight. I can just see me walking ten miles with a bike with one flat tire just to get home or back to my car.
So, I realize to experienced cyclists this must sound really stoopid, but how can I learn how to fix a flat or change a tire BEFORE I get one?
Okay, start the guffawing now.