So, I decided that I was going to go try on a nice 35 mile ride today that I have been meaning to try this past week, but mechanical difficulties prevent me from doing so. Today was no exception.
The ride began well. I was nice and warmed up after about five miles, then, hisssssssss. I pull over to find that the stem on my rear tube partially ripped. I put on a new tube, get riding again. About fifty feet later, hisssss pop. Of course, I only had one extra tube, and of course, I wasn't wearing my walkable shoes, so I had to walk barefoot to the nearest bike shop. Luckily there was a Performance about a mile and a half away. Eight blisters later I get to the shop. I end up buying two new tires while I am there, as well as TWO extra tubes, on top of the one I put on my bike. I ride away with the two tires in a figure eight around my shoulders. Not to be discouraged, I pick up on my ride again.
About five miles back into the ride, I decide that it isn't safe for me to keep going. Too hot, too tired, too little water. 100 yards after I turn around I hear a flap flap flap flap boom! Of course, the tube I put in was faulty, and got a huge bulge and popped itself out of the tire. Again, I exchange the tube. I get back on my bike a little worried that I only have one more spare, and head back to Performance. They give me a new tube without hassle, and, defeated, I head back to my house.
I am never going to try to do that ride ever again.