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Jinxed by the thought...

Old 04-16-12, 06:20 AM
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Jinxed by the thought...

Sunday morning I embark on a ride with beautiful weather. About 7 miles into the ride my mind wonders...

"I should check how many miles I've gone without a flat. Some people on the forums keep a running log. Wonder if that'd jinx me. Probably should check but not acknowledge the distance... has to be over 500 miles by now... I should probably stop thinking about it..." psssssssssh - front flat.

Unbelievable. But then I realized I somehow left my tire levers at home. Genius.

With a little help from the mult-tool to get a bit of the bead off the rim, managed to do the rest without levers. Great moment for sure.
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Now you've done it...

It's gonna take a few chicken heads to undo that juju.
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Don't mess with the flat demons.

And it's best that you use virgin chickens so don't mess with them before you choke 'em.
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Damn it all to hell, now I need to find me some new chickens.
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My wife and I haven't had a flat on the tandem in several months. We took a short coffee run last week and I forgot to put the trunk (with tools) on the rear rack. Didn't realize until we go to Starbucks. I had my fingers cross on the 7 mile ride home. We lucked out!
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the only flat I've had since installing mr tuffy liners in all bikes (ultra light for road bikes, standard for everything else) is when my wife pinch flatted hitting a big, sharp bump on a bike path. it's a horrible seam where the sidewalk meets asphalt, and the paver for some reason put a 3" tall lip on the asphalt. I catch air over it every time, without flats or bent rims.

before the liners, however, I had many sad stories like yours. failed uses of co2 and no pump, trying to stuff a cyclocross tube into a road tire, you name it I've screwed it up.
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