My morning legs weren’t keen but the clear, dry morning made the rest of me want to get out. They (the legs) never usually mind once I get going anyway. I was off early with the full beam on the front 20 minutes before sunrise. But it was already beginning to get light on a cloud free morning. I love riding into the waking day, so full if promise like the world has been washed clean.

The trails have also been washed, a bit too much for my liking. They are proper sloppy muddy now. This will be so until May I expect. Mental note-get more chain degreaser. I use DirtwWash degreaser with the chain cleaner and the it comes out a treat, returning to its silver glory and smelling of synthetic citrus.

I got a slow flat about 2km from work so wobbled in gingerly being careful not to fall. No problem, I’ve carried a spare tube-the existing one has 3patches on it now so it needs a change. When I got the spare out, curses all round-I bought one with a Schraeder valve. It does not fit through the hole in the rim! The tube now has a 4th patch. Mental note-check the other 3 tubes that I bought in September for presta valves…

After a thorough search for the cause, there were no thorns (the bane of my riding life this time last year). The culprit was in fact a piece of flint embedded into one of the nobbly bits, just wedging it’s way through the wall of the front tyre and into the tube.

Not all that convinced that the flint was the cause, I left work opting for the quick route. All the way of imagined loss of tyre pressure, the cross wind blew me about. Battling the wind while avoiding passing vehicles is another thing to get used to over the next 6 months.

In the end, I got back to the van with tube still full of air. But for how long with the wearing tyres in this weather? Hopefully until the end of the month when the salary sacrifice scheme closes…

About biking2work

Sometimes bad tempered Dad to 2 sons who break things. Use the 2 wheels to get from A to B when I can
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