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Monday, May 5, 2014

the walk of shame

I got a flat tire yesterday! The first road bike flat I've had in years! I was close to home (and at the end of a ride anyway) so I walked home in my tap shoes. About half a mile. That seemed reasonable. Fix the tube in peace at home with a cool drink. But it got me to thinking, what's the longest distance that I would walk instead of fixing the flat on the road? I once fixed a flat a mile from home. If I was in regular shoes I'd probably walk that now. Cycling shoes maybe not. But I guess there are differing factors on different days/rides. Weather. Shoe of the day. Other commitments to attend to. Preparedness - shouldn't we always be prepared? Severity of the flat or if the tire is damaged - this one turned out to be a triple puncture. Hopefully I won't have to consider this again for some time. Which reminds me, I've got to pick up a new tube at the LBS...

5 comments:

Justin said...

We have different ideas about what walk of shame means, I guess.

John Romeo Alpha said...

Somewhere between half a mile and a mile, I'd say.

amidnightrider.com said...

I hesitate to comment here out of fear of getting a flat today.

mindful mule said...

Thanks, guys! 3 comments! I should flat more often… Happy riding...

Kristina said...

I thought of you yesterday when I was almost at the end of the longest ride I'd ever done and... flat tire! The back tire, of course! If I had been any closer, I might have done the "walk of shame", but I calculated 3.1 miles back to the car on foot vs. 2-wheeling it, so I decided to change it.