Tag: flat

  • Gray gutter goo

    Today’s morning commute went less well than planned.

    Rounding a gentle bend, I detected a squishy wiggle from the rear tire. After biking a short, hopeful1Denial isn’t only a river in Egypt. distance I stopped. Squeezing the rear tire confirmed my suspicions — I had a flat.

    And it was covered in gray gutter goo. Ugh!

    After fixing the flat2With only a patch, thank you very much. I had plenty of time to think of alliterative adjectives for that gross, greasy, grimy, gritty, gray gutter goo.

    Looks like it’s time to do some pre-winter bike maintenance, replacing my tires and brake pads, and cleaning my running gear. And time to refresh the wipes in my seat bag. Sunday is coming…

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      Denial isn’t only a river in Egypt.
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      With only a patch, thank you very much.
  • Flat Tired

    Flat Tired

    On my ride1You drive a car and a journey by car is a drive. You ride a bike and a journey by bike is a ride. You fly a plane, yet a journey by plane is a flight, not a fly. Why? home today, my tire got screwed.2I’m not suspicious it was malicious or vicious. It was likely merely pernicious.

    With less than a mile to go, I decided to walk3See footnote 1, above. ;-) instead of patching the tube. I should be carrying a spare tube in my pannier and a “boot” in my wallet.

    Once I unscrew my tire, I can decide whether I need a new tire. The tires are old and I removed a nail from the rear tire not that long ago. It’s probably time to replace both and not worry about it.

    Just what I need: another excuse to visit my local bike shop. :-)

    Sometimes, I think a blog post is only an excuse to write footnotes.

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      You drive a car and a journey by car is a drive. You ride a bike and a journey by bike is a ride. You fly a plane, yet a journey by plane is a flight, not a fly. Why?
    • 2
      I’m not suspicious it was malicious or vicious. It was likely merely pernicious.
    • 3
      See footnote 1, above. ;-)

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