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Old 07-30-09, 02:37 PM   #1
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Curtis - My Hero

I was on my way out to do a short shakedown ride before my Half Ironman on Saturday when I ran into Curtis and Tricia just a few houses up from mine. We live in the same town, less than two miles apart! But events have conspired to keep me from EVER having ridden with Curtis before.

We yakked about my trip to Vermont and their trip to Washington, my upcoming race and how much I love my personal trainer.

We got back early Tuesday morning from our trip to Vermont and I had gone out for a very short ride on Wed. My Polar was refusing to pick up speed and my saddle was just a smidge off. I have fussy knees so at the first sign of not right, I head home. So for me today's ride was about making sure everything was good for my race on Saturday and practicing a little bit more with my aero bars. My darn Polar is still not picking up speed when on my bike, but does just fine when it's on my wrist. What's up with that?

Anyway... on to the hero part. I got a flat. I NEVER get flats. I run slime tubes so I don't get flats. But I vaguely remember getting a rear flat months ago and putting in a regular tube. I got out my stuff and changed the tube, couldn't find anything in the tire. But my zealous pumping damaged my new tube. And of course, my bike is set up for my race, I'm only carrying one replacement tube. Wonderful Curtis to the rescue patches the first tube and pumps it up. Dang that dude is fast at patching and pumping! If you're going to get a flat I highly recommend doing it on a ride with Curtis.

What a fun ride I had though. It was awesome to catch up and socialize. We need to do that more often. And I'm glad I flatted today, since I want slimes in BOTH tubes on Saturday.

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Old 07-30-09, 03:47 PM   #2
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Good going, Curtis. I'm curious, how do you find the hole to patch? Do you use a lot of spit or do you find a quiet place and try and listen for a hiss?
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Golly gee, shucks PrincessZippy......

Robo, I live in the land of broken glass, so I've become used to patching. I always carry a spare tube, but I've been known to get multiple flats, so i carry patch stuff too. Heck, I buy patches in boxes of 100.

Most holes are easy. I pump and listen, or rather try to feel it blow on my face. If that fails, I fill them up and hold them under water when I get home (both as punishment for going flat and to find the hole).

It's funny. Reasonably big holes are easy, slow leaks can be a pain to track down.

This thread reminds me, it's time to pop a beer and go patch a stack I've been saving. When you and your wife ride there's a opportunity for many flat tubes.
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Anybody else think of "Along Came Jones" ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgR5BaXKzwM
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He is a serial hero.

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First the quails, now PrincessZippy. Who is next to be saved?
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Anybody else think of "Along Came Jones" ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgR5BaXKzwM


Reminds me of the french copy. It did made us laugh a lot when I was a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sujNLtCiQ0w
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I don't know, around my house I'm known as...
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What half are you doing? Vineman?
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Curtis has had much practice at changing tubes on NorCal rides. We've seen him in action.

Glad you ran into him and he could help you out. And good luck on your tri!
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Yep!


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... Dang that dude is fast at patching and pumping! If you're going to get a flat I highly recommend doing it on a ride with Curtis...
I could have used him the other day. We had four flats on our Tuesday afternoon ride and then another four again on the Wednesday ride.

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Curtis has had much practice at changing tubes on NorCal rides. We've seen him in action.
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