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I managed to flatten Clyde's front tire yesterday while pumping air into it. Tore a hole next to the valve stem. This created obstacles to my cycling development.

Obstacle one: Actually going to the bike shop and buying replacement tubes, a pump, a pair of tire-irons, a little saddle bag to keep them in. This means once again being ignorant, noticeably older and less fit than the majority clientele, and dealing with the 21 year old boys who work there. Managed this over my lunch hour.

Obstacle two: Actually learning to change a bike tire. My sis came over and walked me through it.

Obstacle three: Serious unexpectedness: Ruined BOTH NEW TUBES because of a small mistake (a tiny bolt inside the rim, supposed to be covered with a buffer strip, became exposed with the buffer strip got twisted; didn't notice it).

Obstacle four: Learning how to apply a patch. Sis showed me how. Patch revealed a second leak. Sis does not recommend riding on a tire with two patches.

Obstacle five: Taking wheel, tire, and ruined tubes back to the 21 year old boys for an assessment and help. This means carrying it on the bus, and spending another lunch hour at the bike shop tomorrow. And money. Did I mention money? Bike stuff adds up damn fast.

Obstacle six--this is the big one: getting everything fixed quickly and getting back on the bike. It will be way too easy, once fall and weather set in, to talk myself out of riding if I have a lot of flat-tire oh-no-this-will-never-work! fears on top of rain and stuff.

On the plus side, Sis says my tires are the easiest to change she's ever seen. It really wasn't all that bad, until the sudden outrushing of air.


Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like a right hassle. I hope you do get back in the saddle literally and figuratively soon, since you're already doing so well. The only silver lining is that you're going to know 1000 per cent more about bike maintenance than you did to begin with. Cold comfort, I know.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
No, it's good comfort. It couldn't have happened at a better time--right outside my house, nice weather, and yes, now I know how to change a front tire. Still have to face the rear one!

Tire is fixed now and ready to go back on Clyde. Added benefit: a fellow work cyclist volunteered to join me on the jaunt to the bike shop at lunch and we got to know each other better. That was fun. It's all good.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :)

/Dean voice



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