Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bike Flat

Well, it was bound to happen. On Friday, during a nice 13 mile bike ride, I ran over something that was strong enough to pop a hole in my bike tire. Murphy's Law says that as soon as I ask how common they are I get one.

So, on Saturday morning, I decided to man up and change the little bugger. Earn a few extra man cards - the winter Olympics (read: figure skating) are coming up after all. My setup consisted of my bike upside down old towel because I am FAR too cheap to actually pay for a fancy bike rack.


Next, yank the old crappy tube out. I pumped it up when it was out for fun and it definitely had a leak.


The guy who sold me the bike made sure I had EVERY tool that I would ever need for the bike. As a result, I am now fully stocked up on bike blinker fluid and reflector polish. He upsold the shit out of me. One of the things that seems to be useful is little yellow tool below. It seems to be the ticket to a swear free tube change.


Success!! Spins like a drunk gypsy.


Update: Weeeeellll, success for a little bit at least. (Stupid gypsies.) I don't know if I have a thorn or a piece of glass or what in there. But, either way, the new tube won't hold air either. So, when I get back on Thursday or Friday, I'm going to have to inspect the inside of the tire. Hopefully I'll be able to figure out what the issue is!

6 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

better to figure it out now than when you're far from home, or in a race! I finally learned how to change a tire last month... hope you find what's puncturing the tube!

GeorgiaSnail said...

ahem, figure skating???

Pat said...

this is why I avoid bikes. just imagine having to change that tire while all the other racers are zooming past you.

and remember arizona = thorns. They're everywhere.

The Sean said...

male figure skating I believe it said...

seems to be a little prick in that tire??

RunnuRMark said...

That's definitely something I'll have to get proficient at before I take my bike into a race. Something tells me there won't be a lot of people stopping to help at that point.

sRod said...

Friggin gypsies. At least you're not a hunchback, cause then that bitch would get you in serious trouble.