Let me preface this by noting that I went all of 2007 without a single flat. Not one in 3500 miles.
This morning, as I headed out Crystal Springs on the first leg of what was to be about 50 miles, I noticed the rear tire felt squelchy, and looked soft. So I stopped and checked it - sure enough, it was really soft.
"Aw, crap, that's the fourth one this year!" I thought, "But at least I have my two spare tubes and my frame pump!".
I picked a sliver of glass out of the tire, got one side of the tire off the rim, pulled out the tube, and carefully ran my hand all over the inside, to make sure there wasn't ANOTHER sliver of glass. Partially inflated one of my spares, put it in place and began getting the tire back on the rim. Got to the last 6-8 inches of tire that JUST WOULD NOT go back over the rim by hand, so I ever-so-carefully worked my tire irons into place and started pushing. One went right over, and with a little more effort, the other started going, and *PFFFFFFFT!*
Stupid idiot that I am, I cut the tube. I forgot - when you partially inflate the tube to get it in place, you have to DEflate it to get the tire back on the rim. Oops.
So, I took the tire BACK off the rim, and got out my remaining spare tube, wondering whether I should ride home (only 4 miles) to get another - after all, I might just get another flat. Got the flatted spare tube out, put the new spare tube in (this time remembering to deflate it so I could get the tire back on the rim without the irons), and started pumping it up. I had difficulty finding just the right place to set the wheel while inflating it, so I inflated it partway, then mounted it on the bike. As I went to put the pump back on the valve stem, I noticed there was no little screw anymore. It had broken off.
"Uh-oh," I thought, "I better head straight home after I pump this up. So i put the pump on again, and start pumping, and there's air leaking, so I go to reset the pumphead - *PFFFFFFFT!*
Seems the innards of the valve must have been blown out of the stem and into the tube, without the screw to hold it in place.
So there I was with THREE blown tubes and no more spares. I called home for the wife to come and get me.
Then i decided, since Fate obviously didn't want me riding today, that I'd go to Performance and buy a ****load of new tubes. So I change into normal clothes, and the wife says, "Hey as long as you're going to Redwood City, let's go get this camera that's on sale for really cheap at Office Max." So she joins me. She says, "We should get the camera first, just in case they sell out!"
Sure enough, we get to Office Max, and they're ALL OUT! But they have some in their Mountain View store. So, off we go to Mountain View, where they do, indeed have one. They also have an In-and-Out and a Krispy Kreme, so we have lunch and buy some donuts.
With our new camera and several thousand unneeded calories, we head to Redwood City to buy the ****load of tubes we'd set out to buy originally. We pull into the parking lot where I've parked so many times before, and as I get out, my wife says, "So where is it?"
I point, turn, and say, "It's right over th..........."
No more Performance Bike store in Redwood City! It's being replaced by a Lane Bryant Store (Plus-size women's clothing) - how ironic. When did THAT happen?
So we call our son to check where the nearest one is. Seems there's one in Mountain View.
I gave up. I came home, ate 4 donuts, and I'm gonna go take a nap, and wait for the Universe to start picking on someone else for a while.