Mileage continues to be somewhat light this month. One good thing I ran my first race of the season, I will blog about that at a later date. I was hoping to get in my longest ride this Saturday, but the cycle Gods had other plans. I will admit, I haven’t read up on my new bike. Yes, yes I know. I knew for a while that I was playing with fire. About a week ago I realized the back tire was getting a little low. When I felt it….it seemed ok. So, out I went on Saturday. I got a mile from my house and the back tire went flat. Needless to say, I learned a lesson in compression pellets….the hard way.
The way I look at it, if your going to ride it, you need to know how to fix it yourself. I dug into the bike kit and pulled out one of the two compression capsules. Hmmm, instructions who needs them ~ this isn’t rocket science. It’s just a tire for heaven’s sake. Well, I unscrew the tire valve and I place the capsule down on the value. All of a sudden the air shot out of there like a rocket and bam that was it! The capsule was empty. Okay, that was interesting.
Then I started to tempt fate…I have one more capsule remaining. Shall I act as stupid as I did before or shall I read the instructions this time. Instructions win! But it wasn’t just learning how to use the capsule. Apparently there is a little mechanism on the valve that’s screwed down before you put the cap on the valve so air doesn’t escape. Ooohhhh…I see! Anyway, I ended up wasting too much time and had to cut my ride short. So far for October I have 30.64 with 9,648.80 miles happily remaining. May all your flats be low in number….Happy miles to you!!