First nice ride... and I got a flat! :`(``
So, we had our first nice weekend day over the past 3 weekends and I was finally going to see how long it would take me to commute to work on my bike... Well, my girl and I made it to my office in 31 minutes... it was 6.8miles i think... pretty good time... especially considering it takes me 25-45 minutes in my car... I'd rather ride my bike... either if it was longer... So, anyways... I was happy, we turn around and head back home... Well, I was cruising down the sidewalk on this bridge over a little water stream and PSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I'm like... Son of a Goat! and I stop immediately and look back at my rear tire which was already flat.... dangit... I looked down at my computer and it had just clicked over 26 miles total on the odometer for my brand spanking new bike... and I got a flat...
It turns out that there was a bunch of glass from beer bottles that these morons must throw out the window to break against the sidewalk... oh yeah, that makes them cool... *sigh*... so, anywho... I start walking home... i get back to the apartment like 25 minutes later and look at my tire... here's what it looks like...
I went to the local bike shop and bought 2 new tubes (cuz i want to have a spare)... the 1 kid said I should buy a new tire as this one was pretty much screwed... the other kid (who i've been dealing with and is really cool) said pretty much the same... so, I asked to see what they had... He had this Specialized something-or-other tire for $15... and they had this Armadillo tire for $30... Neither of them match the current front tire... I guess thats to be expected when you have these fancy tires with a red stripe on em... He said they might be able to order a matching one of the current tires...
So, what do you guys think? is it completely hosed? Sucks that tire is shot after only 26 miles... and it sucks if I put one of those other tires on that it wont match the front... or am i just being a little baby?
What tire(s) should I look at? Can I find them cheaper on the internet? Is there any trick to changing the tube/tire? What kind of mini pump should I buy to mount on the bike so when this happens again i can fix it on the road?
oh... I asked if there was anyway I could just jerry-rig the tire to get a little more life out of it.. and the one kid said he's seen people put duct tape on the inside of the tire over the slash... hehe... any comments?