I’m usually pretty good about the gear I carry with me on a ride. I double check everything to make sure I have what I need. 2 spare tubes, 2 Co2 cartridges, tire levers, cell phone and a small tool set. Sometimes you get in such a routine, like doing the same ride, loop, or you leave at the same time every ride that you skip some minor details. Hence this post I’m writing.
So there I was on the side of the road fixing a flat I got on the front wheel from some wonderful glass I picked up. No joke, about 6 groups of cyclists road by and asked if I needed anything. “You good there?” “You got everything you need?” “Yep, I’m good thanks.” Very polite and if I can teach anything to a “new” rider it’s to always check and see if someone needs anything. Karma is a bitch and it will come around and bite you in the ass when you least expect it. OK back to the story. I get my wheel changed out, tube is in and clear of any glass and I grab my two Co2 cartridges. Well one was partially used and still had the release cap screwed on, cool I thought and emptied what it had left into the tire. Then went to screw in the other C02 cartridge and lo and behold, it was a damn used one. Crap, ummm anymore cyclist coming by? Nope.
If I Only Had a Pump
I don’t carry a pump. Hate the way it looks mounted on my frame. Just my thing. I pressed on with probably about 20 psi in my front tire while I’m trying to keep the majority of my weight off the bars and on the saddle. I still had 24 miles left to get home and I surely wasn’t calling for back up (wife). Karma was with me this day though as I rounded a corner in Mission Bay and saw a group of cyclists (probably one that passed me earlier) and swung on over and asked for a pump. Score.
I obviously will be triple checking my gear now as double checking doesn’t seem to cut it for me. I also learned that there’s nothing like doing someone a favor. I definitely feel it comes back around. I’ve given a tube away a couple of times to some chap on the side of the road. Now it was me stranded and I surely wasn’t let down. The cycling community rocks in this town and I only hope that if I ever move the same will apply there.
“Mantenha o lado da borracha para baixo”