I was on my way to meet up with Aaron for a ride when my front tire blew out. I’m not sure if it was a poorly seated bead or if the tube had a problem, but either way I heard a gun shot and realized my front tire had no air. I kept her rolling in a straight line and braked with the rear managing to stop while in the upright position…=-) My Surly LHT continues to be nice to me.
Before I left the house I threw a pump, levers and a patch kit into my pannier. I couldn’t put my hand onto a spare tube of the right size, but I figured what are the chances I’d have a flat I couldn’t patch?…=-) I’m glad I was wearing some 5.10 mountain bike shoes since they are easy to walk in.
I walked over to MEC.ca which took about 15mins of awkward half carrying my LHT. I rolled her into the bike section and bought two tubes. I wasn’t leaving without a spare tube this time! Fixing the front tube wasn’t a big deal once I had a tube without an 8″ tear in it…=-)
I had called Aaron so he knew why I was MIA and he waited for me at the Mohka House.
We rode along the water in some crazy strong winds. I requested a stop on Dallas Rd so I could watch the kiteboarders doing their thing. It may be hard to see in the photo above, but there are 6-7 kiters and a few windsurfers in the water having fun.
We spun around in the storm until the gusty winds pushed us past the Penny Farthing Pub where we stopped for a pint. I managed to limit my beer intake to a single pint and then fought the wind all the way home. As long as I don’t have any major performance goals to achieve I kind of like riding in a wind storm. It makes an easy cruise around town feel epic!…=-)