Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flat Tire Adventure

Tuesday was the first day I bike commuted in a long time.  I was worried I was going to be a lot more sore than I was, so that was good.

That's where my luck ran out.

My phone died on me at work.  Because I'm teaching summer school at a different school than I teach the rest of the year, I didn't have a charger.  Slight inconvenience.  Not really an issue.

As I was packing up I noticed my bike had a flat tire.  Crap.  How am I going to deal with this?

I locked up, used my land line to call my wife to let her know what was going on and why I'd be late and unreachable.  In the parking lot I decided to pull out my iPad and use the school's WiFi.  

My keys should be in here too.  Where are my keys?

Back up to my classroom with a bike with a flat tire.  

There they are.  

Alright, it was time to fish out my iPad. 

I was in luck.  There was a Bike Fixtation a few blocks away.

What's a Bike Fixtation?

It's a set of tools for bike repair available to the public.  I got my flat tire filled, picked up a new inner tube in the vending machine, and I was on my way.  I'm really lucky since there are only two of these in Minneapolis.

I knew I was on borrowed time so I pedaled home as fast as I could before my tire went flat again.  I made it, and, as of this morning, has stayed full.  Hmm...

Overall, it wasn't a terrible experience and I handled it pretty well.  Way to go, me!

I think it might be time for a new bike though...

1 comment:

  1. You need to carry a tube and patch kit, along with co2 cartridges or a frame pump. The more you ride the more you need to be self-sufficient.