I should’ve listened to my friends Barce and Gabe a long time ago.
A few months after I started biking distances around the 10-mile range, they started asking me if I had the right tools around just in case something happened, like a flat tire.
Well, I remembered their surprised faces when I told them that I didn’t carry ANY tools with me at the exact same moment today that I noticed my front tire was flat, 14 miles in to a 20 mile ride. Unfortunately I had to cut it short and do the walk of shame all the way back to my car.
This flat tire incident was actually preceded by my rear brake falling off right before my ride. I drove around town for almost 45 minutes to find an allen wrench set so that I could get it snug again.
So, today, after my 1.5 mile walk of shame, I drove home, ate brunch, watched a little bit of the Ironman Championships, and then headed to a few local bike shops to stock up.
Some of the things I got:
- Handheld pump by way of CO2 cartridges and nozzle
- Tire patch kit (something I had and already bought to fix my wetsuit)
- Tire levers (something I bought when I got my first flat tire)
- Two spare tire tubes
- A small seat post bag to store it all in