It poured rain almost all day yeserday. I mean it came down in buckets! It was supposed be raining today too. But this morning it was sunny out and the weather report had been updated to say spotty showers. I decided to go out for a short bike ride while the weather was decent. Winter is coming!
I was chilly out, so I spent time trying to figure out what to wear. I wore bike shorts, leggings, a long sleeve jersey, a short sleeve jersey, and my Tour De Cure nylon shell. It turned out to be pretty comfortable.
The ride was an out and back 16 mile hilly ride to McDonalds where I go breakfast. I spent much of my time on the aerobars. I worked on pushing my speed a little faster than normal. It was fun.
On my ride back, I saw some light colored stuck to my front tire. I figured it was a piece of paper or something. I thought it would eventually fall off.
Occasionally I would hit a large piece of gravel, and a shock would go through the bike. I worried one of them would give me a flat. After a few of these in a short period, I felt more than the usual road vibration. I looked at my front tire and it looked like a large contact patch. I slowed to a stop, and sure enough, my front tire was flat! Grumble! It wasn’t the gravel though. The thing stuck to the tire was a thumb tack. I don’t know if I had had the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires installed, whether I could have avoided the flat, or whether I would have gotten the flat anyway.
I removed the front wheel and set about fixing the flat. An older couple walked by and asked if I was okay. I said yeah, that I would have it fixed shortly. I wasn’t in a hurry, so it took 10 minutes or so I am guessing. I didn’t time it. But I got the tube swapped out, and inflated the tire with a CO2 cartridge and my Microflate. It always blows me away how fast that thing works.
I am seriously considering installing the Bontrager’s tonight. The frigging Hutchinson Quartz tires are flat magnets!!!!