There’s been much written about the sudden drop in temperatures and for me this relates to a rather mild October. The cooler air is enough to keep me motivated to ride and to get used to the dark, cold winter months ahead.
Yesterday I braved a risky commute, not because of the temperatures but on a bald back tyre with no spare tube. The reward for riding the country lanes on Monday was 2 punctures and a thorough soaking. The 1st one was at 17km &, as I knew the rain was coming I put the spare tube in and headed my way back home keeping to my original planned route. The mental note to finally order that back tyre and now another tube was reinforced 4km later when I got another flat! This time the forecast rain had started and I took shelter at the Great Canfield cricket club to repair the puncture. I got home cold and wet but grateful that I had spent many boring hours during my childhood watching and (apparently) listening to my Dad Tony show me how to fix punctures.
So yesterday morning I got on with a niggling feeling that with 1 patch left, a bald tyre and no spare tube that another puncture is just around the corner. It was cold, the melon committee were in full session advising me not to risk it. It didn’t take much to get on and out of the door and the session was closed when I checked the back tyre for any slow leaks resplendent in my newly purchased winter gear.
Safe and sound at work another cool ride home was anticipated. About 2km from home the tell tale jarring and crunching of the back wheel heralded yet another puncture. Yep, after over 2000 miles on that tyre, its time for a change and I’ve at least learnt not to be so tight and fork out a lot earlier for a replacement next time.
Thankfully I’m not missing out too much – I’m expecting delivery of the new tyre and tube tomorrow but cannot ride to work as have commitments elsewhere necessitating a couple of car journeys. It’ll be raining too so I’ll avoid another soaking.
I’ll keep the bald on standby for the turbo trainer. I’ve discovered that there may be an option of getting a spare back wheel through a work scheme so this cloud has a double silver lining. And I got another 50km in, acclimatised (it wasn’t THAT cold) & now know that I have value for money from my new kit. It was a risk worth taking.