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Old 09-25-07, 10:04 PM   #1
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Flat tire and a seniors moment.

So....I wake up yesterday and get ready for my commute, only to go outside and find my bike has a front flat. Thankfully i'm in the garage and not half way to work. Fix the flat and ride to work uneventfully, well except for the fact that I left my water bottle on the bench beside where I keep my bike..

On the ride home, in the rain i'm at the bottom of a high speed hill and as I bank into the turn I almost lose it from....a front flat. So I pull off the road, flip the bike and get the tire off. Opening up my trunk bag i pull out my spare tube only to discover i mistakenly packed a tube with a shraeder valve.......

So..... always riding prepared, I pull out my patch kit. Only to discover it wasnt there, since it was on the bench beside where i keep my bike as I had just refilled it with fresh glue and patches....

Tried to borrow tubes/patch from passing cyclists but the only 3 to go by were homeless who only offered to trade me for their 'working' bike.

So after years of commuting 2 hours daily I had to phone home for my first rescue pickup.

Back in the safety of my garage I get the tire off, pull out the tube, check tire and cant find a single thing wrong. Put in the new tube, reassemble and relube chain while im here.

Flipping the bike back upright I discover.......a front flat. Yep, i had put back in the bad tube I had just removed as I had it mixed up in the tubes now strewn across the floor.

One of those days........
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Old 09-25-07, 10:17 PM   #2
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Some days you just can't win...

(no flats for me today - in fact, I took the bus, as I have an icky chest cold - but I just spent two hours tearing the house apart searching for a missing chequebook which will undoubtedly reappear as soon as the new cheques I just ordered arrive...)

on the other hand, the rest of the week should be great by comparison!
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Old 09-25-07, 11:22 PM   #3
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*points and laughs* My rims are both drilled for schrader, with spacers for the presta tubes. if I have a tube that holds air, it'll fit. Plus I can pick up a tube from Ace hardware, Walmart, Target, etc. if I have to.

I also ALWAYS have my patch kit with me. (Actually... I usually have either 2 or 3 patch kits with me... 1 or two of the Specialized Flat Boy or the Park tools equivalent with pre-glued patches and a regular patch kit) Had to use it the other day, too... didn't have a spare tube with me (I used it on my wife's bike earlier in the day and hadn't replaced it) and ran through a bunch of thorns. I pulled a half dozen out of my front tire... two of them went into the sides of the tread, around the kevlar.

Ah, well... patched the tire and rode home. Patch kit ALWAYS goes back on the bike when you're finished with it!
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