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Almost a long walk home last night(3 posts)

Almost a long walk home last nightColnagoFE
May 22, 2003 5:47 AM
10+ miles from home I flatted. First this year. Put in a new tube and looked in my seatbag--only had one Co2 left. No pump. Of course I blew the Co2 trying to inflate the tire. I was pretty much SOL as it was getting dark and no cyclists on the road so I started the long walk. In a hurry to get riding I had also forgot to bring my cell phone so I could call my wife to pick me up. Tons of cars--some with bikes on top passed before that but nobody bothered to stop and ask if I needed help. ANyway...after walking in bare feet about 3 miles a cyclist finally came by and loaned me a pump. I was saved. Lesson learned...no matter how big of a hurry I'm in I'll make sure I have the proper repair supplies before heading out and I'll ALWAYS bring at least a mini pump as a backup to the Co2.
Better to have and not need, than to need and not have! nmTower
May 22, 2003 6:00 AM
exactly why I started carrying a pump againtarwheel
May 22, 2003 10:09 AM
I still use CO2 for short rides, but I've installed a Zefal frame pump on my Merckx that I take for most long rides. Particularly when riding solo, I like the security of having the pump. When I first started using CO2 I only carried one cartidge. First time I flatted I wasted most of that cartridge trying to find the leak. Fortunately I had a Presta/Schrader adapter in my seatbag and was able to inflate from an air compressor at a shop. I always carry at least 3 cartridges when using CO2, and that weighs just about the same as a Zefal HPX pump.