School girl errors – puncture misery.


To finalise the winterisation of my old Le Monde road bike, I took delivery today of new handle bar tape and two Gatorskins continental tyres. Waiting impatiently for the delivery man with the tyres I pulled off the old bar tape and set about redressing the bars with the funky blue & grey new tape and shiny anodised bar ends.

I then gave the bike a good clean and lube as still no sign of the delivery van. They were now stretching the 10am to 2pm delivery slot and as darkness was approaching I realised I wouldn’t be hitting the road today for a ride – grrrrrrhhh. :-(

In anticipation I took the wheels off the frame and prised the front tyre off with ease.

With chilly fingers from the cold bucket of water and being outside for a while, I went indoors to get a coffee and heard the pitch door bang. It was my delivery of two tyres – like early Christmas. Don’t you love Wiggle’s next day delivery.

The Gatorskins were recommended on our sportive ride on Sunday and with my slip sliding antics I knew I needed some new rubber if I was to have half a chance of staying upright for the rest of the winter.

Well these Gatorskins live upto their name – they are tough & strong little buggers. I fought and wrestled with metal tyre leavers having snapped three plastic ones. The cold temps may have had some affect but putting new tyres on a wheel rim for the first is tough going.

Tyre seated in place, rims in place and a few beads of sweat springing up on my brow, I grabbed my track pump.

Pump pump pump whoosh whoosh whoosh.

Mmmmhh had I bent the valve ? No all OK. Lever off one side of the tyre and extract the tube.

I’d only gone and pinched the inner tube in two places but only had one repair patch :-(

Time for the spare tube on the bike. Another wrestle with the tyre and the new tube was in place and they tyre seated in place.

Pump pump pump whoosh whoosh whoosh.

Aaaaggghhh :-( what now ? I’d checked the inner tube was OK before I inserted it into the tyre.

I’d only gone and pinched the inner tube again ! And had no repair patches or spare tubes :-(

Epic fail due to schoolgirl error.

Now both wheels are off the frame and I will be heading to my local bike shop with a shopping list of four new inner tubes, pack of repair patches and a sheepish request that they finish off the job I made such a hash off – two new tyres & tubes fitted to my wheels so I can get back on the road.

So after a day of waiting as excited as a five year old on Christmas eve for my tyre delivery, my mood was left as deflated as my inner tubes by sunset. :-(

Highs and lows of cycling and a lesson in being prepared. At least it was a lesson learnt and better I ran out of spares at home rather on the road.