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Blessed Cycling Community/Lesson Learned(4 posts)

Blessed Cycling Community/Lesson LearnedKing Henry
Jul 8, 2002 11:57 AM
After months of reading this board, I finally took the plunge a week and a half ago and bought a LeMond Buenos Aires. Essentially, it was a gift to myself after following through on my commitment to get back into cycling. I had been riding a cheap Trek hybrid for over a year, and it was time to upgrade. Fortunately, my wife backed me all the way, so of course I had to talk her into an upgrade as well.

Our first lengthy ride on the new bikes was the July 4 Watermelon Ride put on by the Twin Cities Bicycle Club. About one mile into the ride, I was looking back to check on my son, who tags along on his trailer bike, and I rode into a small pothole. The bump didn't really concern me at first, but I soon noticed that my rear tire was going flat. Somehow the bump forced a small portion of the tube out of the tire, which in turn caused a small hole in the tube. I was a little dismayed, since I hadn't fixed a flat in at least 17 years, but I had remembered to bring along a patch kit and managed to take care of the hole in relatively short order.

Then I learned a lesson about Presta valves. I had never really worked with them before, but I quickly figured out that you need to loosen the valve to pump air into the tube. However, I was not aware of how fragile they can be, as I somehow broke off the tip when detaching the pump. That left me in a tight spot, since, in the excitement of purchasing my bike, I forgot to pick up some extra tubes. I figured my day was essentially done, and I started trying to figure out how best to explain to my three-year-old that daddy couldn't go on with the ride.

But, just when all hope was lost, another family happened upon us and gave me a replacement tube. We asked for their address in order to send a couple of tubes or money as compensation, but they had suffered the same problem not too long ago and were just happy to help out. I've read quite a few rants on this board about "difficult" cyclists, but my perception, especially after meeting other TCBC members, is that the vast majority of the cycling community is like this family. I only hope that I can return the favor to someone else.

P.S. I went to my LBS immediately afterward and picked up a few extra tubes. From now on, I will always carry both a patch kit AND an extra tube.
What goes around comes around.Len J
Jul 8, 2002 12:19 PM
This is pretty standard behavior in my experience. I have probably given away 10 tubes in the lase 5 years or so and have received 7 to 10 when I have had multiple flats on a long ride. I just tell the people I give tubes to to just do it for someone else. It is one of those things I for one take for granted. Thanks for reminding me.

Far more cyclists are friendly, especially when you have a flatelviento
Jul 8, 2002 12:30 PM
Even some body pierced and tatooed dudes turn out to be friendly as well.
and an nice behavior to pick upterry b
Jul 8, 2002 1:11 PM
is to always ask a cyclist by the side of the road if they have what they need.

I do it always, and 9/10 times if I'm stopped someone whizzing by will ask me.

makes for a great sense of community.