Tuesday, June 10, 2014

First flat fixed, finally

I picked up this safety pin this morning somewhere around Gateway Center when I was coming back from a shopping trip in the Strip. I heard something funny happen with the back wheel and ever since then I heard a rubbing noise on the back wheel but couldn't figure out what was rubbing. Then on my lunch hour ride, I found the culprit and just decided to pull it out and change the tube. I wonder how long I could have ridden? The pin was keeping the tube inflated.

Well, there's your problem!

Eww. Am I supposed to get THIS dirty?
Not one cyclist who rode by asked if I needed help this time. One said "It's good to be prepared, right?"
Holy cow, I must look like I know what I'm doing!

This was the first flat that I was able to successfully fix by myself. Oh, joy!
I just need to get faster at it.


  1. Sorry to hear about the flat but CONGRATULATIONS on fixing it yourself and getting on your way! I seem to get just as dirty when I have to change a flat so maybe it is supposed to be that way. :) I try to keep a small packet of wipes in my frame bag for just such a situation. That is as long as the grandkids haven't raided it.

    1. Thanks, excellent idea. Note to self: stock the bike bag with *more* stuff. Latex gloves and hand-wipes.


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