Tyler in Spokane wrote me and asked “Steve, I read your entire blog every single day and noticed on your PBR page that your season total for flats is now at 7. What gives?” I’m glad you asked, Tyler. Let me tell you.
Ok, there is no Tyler in Spokane and nobody wrote me about the change on my PBR page. That was just a little artistic license to get the conversation going and give this space the air of a very important blog.
But I do have another flat. That is 100% true.
I’ve had a busy week, with late hours every day. Not to be detoured by something as minor as a 12 hour work day, I dressed for a night ride and strode into the garage to get FORD* ready to go. I then noticed that the front wheel had gone flat since my Sunday ride.
Did you catch the difference? My FRONT wheel had gone flat. That is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! All six of my previous flats occurred on my rear wheel. All three of my broken spokes were on my rear wheel. My front wheel was problem-free, until today. Totally different!
I took the tube off and found the puncture – a tiny pin hole that resulted in a very slow leak. I triple-checked the tire where the puncture was made and could find absolutely nothing wrong with it. No glass, wires, or any other imperfections that may have been the source of the flat.
I guess we’ll find out how good my patch jobs were on my old tubes. Stay tuned for my weekend report to find out!
* I have officially adopted the name, FORD (Fixed Or Repaired Daily) for my bike. A special thanks to Joel in England (who really does exist) for the suggestion.