|Today's flat - flat tire #4 in 3 days|
I thought nothing of it and went in to class, ready to kick some butt. We finished up and I went out to check on the bike, assuming that I'd probably need to put a bit of air in the front tire to make it the slightly more than 2 miles home. I squeezed the front tire, and while it had lost some air, it seemed as though it would be okay to get home. I went to grab the pump out of my saddlebag and realized that there was another goat head in the rear tire, and that the tire was completely flat. "Well, at least my senses are working, and it was in fact the back tire I was hearing," I proclaimed to no one as a big sigh came out.
My attempt at putting air in the tires was futile. As soon as I pumped them up, the air came rushing back out. I knew that I'd either have to pull both wheels off, both tires, and patch the tubes, or just walk the bike home. As I started calculating, I figured it would take me about 30-40 minutes to patch both of the tubes, assuming that nothing went wrong (Yes, I am slow- but hey, at least I considered patching them), or I could walk home in about that same amount of time and not deal with the glaring sun and heat on me. I opted for the latter choice. I have to say, I probably should've just patched the tubes, as it really isn't fun walking in these summer temperatures.
Apparently, the universe is trying to tell me something. These two flats are in a series that have taken place entirely too close together, and I'm beginning to think that either 1) I need to stay off of a bicycle for awhile, or 2) I need to consider different tires with a bit more protection. Each of the flats has been due to goat heads, and while I love the Grand Bois Hetre tires, I simply cannot deal with having a flat every single day. While it is the season for these little buggers here in Colorado, I'm not sure I can endure another month or two of this taking place on a daily basis.
Have you found yourself with more flats as summer starts to fade, or are you also spending more on Super Patch kits than just picking up a more thorn-resistent set of tires?