I got a flat yesterday.
I was on my commuter taking an extended ride on the way home from the office. Despite knowing better, I was not properly prepared. I had a replacement tire and tire irons but no pump. NO PUMP! I had neglected to replace the CO2 cartridge. I had updated my pack on the road bike and purchased spare cartridges but forgot to add one to the bag on my commuter.
How embarrassing. I was 15 km from the house stranded on a somewhat remote section of road, a km walk from any help or transit. My first thought was to call for help, a ride home with my tail between my legs. Then I thought I could catch a bus. Some of the local buses carry bikes on a specially built rack located at the front of the bus. But then I began thinking of all those cyclists that take extended rides through remote areas of the world without the convenience of a support vehicle of any kind. No. I wasn’t going to take the easy way out.
I decided to fix this myself and complete the ride. I walked almost 2 km to the nearest bike shop to borrow a pump. It took no more than 10 minutes to replace the tire and get back on the road. The lesson here is to be prepared. I couldn’t help but laugh. I was well prepared in so many ways – high tech cycling clothing (jacket, tights, gloves, sun glasses, an aerodynamic helmet, a well equipped bike and a GPS app recording my ride). But no pump. NO PUMP.
I don’t think I will forget the CO2 cartridge again.