|Trace The Mitten|
Today while fixing my flat I would estimate over 20 runners and cyclists passed by, but only one asked me the question in the title.
I was confident and busy taking care of the repair. I am always trying to look like I know what I am doing (even when I am clueless).
If you need assistance look like it. Wave someone down. Say, "Hey, can you help me?" "Do you have a pump?" Hang you head. Cry. Look at you bike and shake your head in puzzlement.
People will help when given the invite. I have heard many tales of road angels. You can become a road angel too.
What goes through your mind when you see someone along the side of the road?
Do you assess the seriousness of the situation?
What would you do to assist?
Ask if they are OK . It sure helps your spirits to hear someone ask.
What assistance are you able to offer? Do a phone call. Tell them what might help. Do the repair. Offer a tube or patch. Wait there with them until help arrives.
I will think about this. Maybe I can be someone's road angel.
I was OK today. Thanks for asking.
Today was my third flat in over 17,000 miles. I feel pretty lucky. You cannot rely on luck and getting flats is part of riding. There are sharp stones, glass, pieces of metal and who knows what else?
I first thought this was part of a plastic fork, but upon closer examination later I determined it was an animal bone.
I was riding on the Clinton River Trail. Crushed limestone can easily hide such dangers. You can see from the top picture that the puncture was near the side edge of the tread. The puncture liner that I added did not reach that for around. Two of my punctures have come in on the side.
I had everything I needed to fix the tube and tire.
What do you take with you on a ride?
tube, pump, patches and tire levers.
Do you know how to change a tube? Have you practiced?
My observations I do not see those items with most riders.
I know that I could describe what to do, but the first time I tried a complete a roadside repairing I paniced. I ruined my two brand new tubes. I called my son to pick me up 12 miles from home.
What is your plan for flats and a breakdown? Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared.
I have six bikes that I ride on a rotational basis. It is important for me to have a comfortable seat on each without needing to change seats before I ride.
Last year I purchased a gel seat cover which will rest on top of the existing seat. I felt this was a good option since it cost about 1/4 of a new gel, but I did not expect this cover to be of the same quality.
I have ridden over 700 miles with that seat and thought this arrangement was satisfactory, but the last rides were uncomfortable. These were rides of 1-2 hours. Had this cover run it course of life? It would not surprise me. These covers are designed for the short jaunt around the block a couple times a season.
I made a change. Several years ago I purchased a Bell seat at the bike section of a big box discount retail store. I had felt comfortable with this seat on 1-2 hour rides on my mountain bike going over gravel and rough paths. The last year it has been on the bike with my mag trainer.
Yesterday I placed it on my back up tour bike. I rode for 3 hours and felt comfortable. I will see how this works.