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darxus ([personal profile] darxus) wrote2018-03-06 11:53 am
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Transportation hilarity

I was going to drop my car off at the mechanic's, to have my smashed window replaced ($275). I wanted to ride my bicycle home.

I pumped up the tires, which I always do, because I like low rolling resistance. I took my clipless pedals off, and put the original flat pedals on, because my shoes that work with my clipless pedals were among the things stolen from my car.

As I was walking from my car to the mechanic's office, I heard a hissing noise. One of my bicycles tubes had, in the previous ~3 minutes, sprung a substantial leak.

So I walked home.

22 minutes, no hardship. And I keep the means to replace a tube on my bike, I just didn't feel it was worth it. I just think it's hilarious. And awesome that it didn't happen while I was riding. I think I've had three flats since I got this bike, and none were while I was riding.
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[personal profile] blk 2018-03-06 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
I had a similar random flat less than 24 hours before my last race. Bike had been standing untouched for a day, when suddenly from across the room I heard "pssssssshhhhhhh" as one tire suddenly decided to give up the ghost. It didn't deflate all the way, so I'm incredibly glad I was present to hear it and had time to deal with it, as otherwise I may not have noticed it when I went to pack it up the following day and been rushed.