Saturday, January 24, 2009

Flats and Falls

My bike has officially been christened...and I guess I have been too. I headed out from work a bit early to ride the bike. I didn't get out of the office as early as I had hoped, but it was still early enough for me to get in about 15 miles before dark if I watched my pace. I was alone, which unusual, but my Friday riding buddy wasn't available.

I made the 1st out and back in no time was windy on the way back, but I was soooo loving the bike. Then, I headed out on the longer out and back section and realized that there's something odd going on with my front was freaking deflating!


I stopped my bike and put my right foot down. I was so busy looking down at my tire, that I didn't even realize that I hadn't taken my left foot out of the cage on my pedal. You can guess what happened next. Yeah, that's right...I freaking leaned to the left for whatever reason. Crash! The next thing I knew, I was lying on the bike path. I quickly hopped up and looked around - whew, no one saw me. It might be awhile before I get clipless pedals and shoes. ;-)

I suddenly realized that the hubby still hasn't given me that tire-changing lesson he's been promising and I've only watched him change the tube once - 13 years ago! I had all the tools I needed to change or even patch the tube, so I called the hubby. Maybe he could talk me through it. Before I even finished explaining what happened, I realized that I Cycle is right across the street. Hallelujah! I walked my bike over to the store and sure enough, the guys there are more than happy to help (for a small fee of course!). Within about 10 minutes, I was back on the road. I had my ID with me, but no money so I promised to come back after my ride. I watched the guy at the store change the tube very closely, so hopefully I'll be able perform this task on my own if I need to...hopefully, that won't happen (fingers crossed).

That was my was a crazy day from start to finish now that I think about it.

Friday, 1/23 - Cycling, 1 hour (including walk to bike shop & 10 minute tire changing break), 10 miles

1 comment:

Blessed with Boys said...

I'm dreading the day that happens to me!
Thank goodness for the bike store!