Today my lovely Bike for life let me down.
Well not really.
I was riding to the other side of Leicester just after 7:30am to catch a lift to Northampton when I got a flat tyre. In the end I had to ride/push the bike just over 3 miles fortunately I had been early so in the end was only 10 minutes late despite trying to treat the bike as gently as possible.
I was muttering to myself about getting a flat. However, this only makes 2 flats that have affected journeys since moving to Syston, Leicester in August 2010. In that same period we have had 1 flat tyre on the car as well so there is not a whole lot of difference between them. Still I was disappointed to get one so soon on my new bike.
When I got around to looking at it this evening I discovered that the flat was caused by a 7mm long nail. Maybe that would have even gone through that ultimate in puncture resistant Schwalbe Marathon Plus so it does not mean I am rushing to replace the Continental City Plus tyres on the bike at the moment.
So now I am less unhappy with my bike as it is not really fair to expect it to cope with a nail that would have caused a puncture for a car as well. In fact I am pleased that in the end neither the tyre nor the wheel seem to be very much the worse for wear after being abused by riding (very slowly) with a flat.
I don’t have a spare inner tube of the right size so will need to get one in the morning. So didn’t manage to reach my 10 mile daily target today.
PS Just realised how much bigger pain it would have been if I had been in the car instead of on my bike. Easy to forget how stuck a car with a puncture is.