|Trace The Mitten|
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.