Thursday, April 1, 2010


I had put my spare road wheels on the Cross bike for good weather commuting. That worked just fine until this morning when I assumed they would roll over a driveway lip that the larger cross wheels rolled over just fine. Instead the front wheel got pushed away and my momentum carried me over onto my side. I bounced back up, but the front tire had been torn by the curb and had gone flat. So out comes the never used CO2 kit and spare tube. Fortunately the tube was good. Unfortunately I leaked more CO2 than I should have inflating things back up. So now I've got a 60 psi front tire with a small paper to hold the tear waiting to take me home later today. Hopefully it holds.

I should really carry a pump for a backup. Could have easilly been a 2 mile walk this morning. Curious if the tire has an air when I get back to the bike this evening.


  1. How cheap am I?

    To fix the small tear in the tire I cut a patch in half and patched the tire from the inside. It held fine reinflated to full pressure and taken on a test ride around the neighborhood.

    And I believe I have a spare tire on the shelf.

    One more thing. I had plenty of charge in my CO2. I so rarely use it I used it incorrectly. Later on that evening I DID figure it out and got about 80 lbs. into the tire (that I rode to my parents' house on about 30 psi).

  2. Speaking of crash... did you see Zimmerman's FB entry about the car hood and his Harley low ride?