Well, today I was all set to go out for my daily neighborhood ride. As I was going out of my room, with my bike, I heard and felt the bike behave abnormally. Initially, I thought that there was something stuck on the tire but I didn’t see anything. Upon closer inspection I noticed that it was flat. Wahoo!!
What? I’m excited? Yes, because this gives me an ideal opportunity to see how hard it is to change the tire on this bike. I gathered up my tools and went outside to work on this. It was a little hot so I took a fan as well. Flipping the bike over and setting it down, I started taking the rear wheel off. Not bad, fairly easy. I took the liberty to inspect the cassette and noticed that It was a little dirty, so I’ll take care of cleaning it over the weekend.
I sat down and got out the tire levers and proceeded to remove the tire. Wow! Was that ever easy. I really needed only one tire level to remove the tire. I’m so used to needing excessive force to get it off and on. Maybe because it was a 700×32 tire and not the skinnier ones from my previous road bike. Whatever the reason, I like the end result. I got the tube out, patched and back on without much fuss.
What caused the flat? Looks like a small splint that just missed the liner. The hole matches where I found the splint on the tire, but I carefully ran my fingers along the inside of the tire to be sure. Nothing else was found, so I’m pretty sure that was the culprit.
After this exercise, I feel a lot more comfortable in changing a flat on this bike and I know exactly the amount of tools needed to do it with.
Because of the flat, I didn’t get to go out for my ride. Now I have to ride for five days straight to achieve my goal of five hours on the saddle. That will be a challenge, but I’m up to it.