|This time it's personal|
And this time it's personal.
All right, this time I kind of had it coming. Not really, but it wasn't unexpected. So it's still personal.
I had a hunch that the glass of Friday didn't come out yesterday, despite my somewhat thorough attempt. I suspect that instead of working the glass out of the tire, I just worked it back into the tire - making it a ticking glass bomb.
Well, I didn't have to wait long for the glass bomb to detonate. During the ride home, it must have poked through again causing a slow leak during the night.
This morning I was prepared with a brand new tire and two new inner tubes. At this rate, patching is probably a good idea +Ian Emmons, but since I'm only just starting to get a hang of the whole changing inner tube thing, I'll save that skill set for another day. I am saving the old inner tubes, though.
So - new day, new inner tube, new tire. We shall see if this makes a difference. I wasn't able to get another tire brand since my LBS doesn't carry anything but their own brand and REI doesn't stock bike tires during "off-season".
Good thing I didn't go on my long ride this weekend because it would have sucked to get stranded 75 miles from home.
|I'll be changing tires like this soon|
I'd say it will come in handy, but I'm of course hoping that I won't need this newly acquired skill until much much later.
Friday was my eight month bike commuting monthiversary. Not counting the two weeks I didn't bike due to my sister in law's death and funeral, there's only been two days where I didn't bike in and that was because of ice and being sick.
Friday I actually biked up the hill I was dead set on conquering without feeling as if I'm about to die - and for the first time I didn't see black spots dancing in front of my eyes.
|21.7% max grade!|
Oh, and the weather! It was so warm yesterday that I walked outside in short sleeves. And this morning I biked in with only a short sleeved jersey and my wind jacket, which brought back memories of summer and long bike rides.