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What NOT to do when you get a flat......(6 posts)

What NOT to do when you get a flat......Brian T
Jun 27, 2002 1:16 PM
I was about 3 miles into my ride today when I went over some gravel and quickly heard and felt my rim scraping the pavement....a flat. I pulled over to the side and thought, hey, it's only a few miles, I can ride back. So, I rode at a snail's pace, but the roads here don't even allow for that. So, I took my cleats off, mounted my bike frame and carried it on my shoulder. After getting my composure at home, I began to notice a really unpleasant feeling on the soles of my feet. Taking my socks off revealed tons of blisters. Lesson learned: Never ever walk shoeless on hot pavement for extended periods of time....ouch!
been there sone that (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 27, 2002 1:37 PM
been there done that (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 27, 2002 1:38 PM
Yeah, but...why not just fix the flat? (nm)cory
Jun 27, 2002 3:48 PM
in my case i had ridden off without my toolkit and pump (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 28, 2002 10:09 AM
Not really related but.....kyvdh
Jun 27, 2002 5:19 PM
I commuted to work a couple of weeks ago (only second time). It's a 17 mile one way trip. Went down my driveway and hit a bump where our gravel driveway changes to pavement and noticed it felt funny when it hit. Not the usual bounce but more of a Phhhhhht. I rode on to the road and went about 100 feet and realized my front tire was flat. Do I fix the flat and ride on or walk back and get the truck to drive to work. I'm stubborn so I fix the flat (obvious pinch flat) and go on. I went another 3 miles or so and the back tire starts getting squishy. Shoot, two pinch flats on one bump I've been over a hundred times. I fixed that flat too and went on to work. Ended up with a really good avg. speed to work (trying to make up time). Also had a really good time for the ride home. Moral of that story is to keep the tires pumped up, hop over those little bumps and don't be discouraged by flats. They're just part of cycling.