I had a mishap last weekend. A flat. I was 40+ km away from the house but was prepared to fix it. After all, I carried a spare tube, tire irons and a CO2 cartridge.
On the way back, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do if I had another flat. It has never happened before. Two flats during a single ride. But it could. And, I wasn’t prepared. I would have to call for help, and I doubt if I would get a warm reception from friends or family. They are usually busy with other things when I take long weekend, solo rides.
I thought about this a lot. There is a simple solution. Prepare for at least two flats. I have added a second CO2 cartridge and a patch kit. So, this is what I now carry on the road bikes –
- tire irons
- spare tube
- patch kit
- 2 CO2 cartridges, and
- a multi tool
What happens if I have a 3rd flat, you ask. I could carry a pump but I find them large, and relatively ineffective. I suppose I will have to resort to stuffing the tire with grass 🙂