Life is good
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: My beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
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Sunday's bad luck:
I went out for a longer than usual ride. Great weather, warm sun, nice temperature, and low humidity. On my way home (about 5 miles from home) I had a flat. First flat on my Conti Grand Prix 3000s in over 2000 miles.
Anyway, I pulled the tube out of the tire and found the hole. I got out the patch kit (I save the spare for blowouts, multiple puncture flats, etc.) only to find the glue had dried up.
Ok, no problem. I got out the spare tube, put it inside the tire, and mounted the tire on the rim. Started pumping up the tire. After the tire was about 70-80 psi (guessing) POW!!
. The tube had a weak spot around the valve stem.
Ok now what. :confused:
I've heard and read that you can tie the tube in a knot at the puncture. Nothing to lose at this point so I gave it a shot. Tied a knot in the original tube, remounted the tire and started pumping. To my amazement it worked. Rode home (a little slower than usual) with no problems.
The tire was still firm the next morning.
Monday's bad luck story:
Got up and checked my email messages. One was from the HR manager at a company I interviewed with the previous Friday. It read, "We are sorry to inform you that we have selected another candidate for the position..."
Tuesday's badluck story:
I did my usual ride out to Stone Mountain. While climbing one of the hills I heard a "plunk" kind of sound and then it was VERY hard to pedal. I stopped and got off the bike and saw that my back rim was way out of true. Hmmm! You guessed it - a broken spoke. I got out the multitool and got the rim somewhat closer to true and headed home - slowly. I made to home ok (~12 miles).
I've heard that bad luck comes in threes. Does this mean I'll start having some good luck? I hope so. I need it.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8