Monthly Archives: September 2012

Angry Letter

I have had yet another flat. When I took the tire apart and the tube out same problem stem broken at the base.  This makes three one front, two rear.  I replaced the front tire with a different brand and no broken stem issue.  I will replace the rear with the same brand.  This morning I contacted the manufacturer of the defective tires and used not so pretty words.  Hopefully I will get some sorta of satisfaction.

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No luck

I went out this morning to get my laundry and  there was yet another flat on Izzo’s back tire. I admit it my roads suck.  The bike path is littered with pits and chunks of things pointy. The road near the arroyo is littered with glass.  Its a horrible place to ride.  I know this but its the only place I have.  I pumped up the tire this morning when it gets a little lighter outside I will test it out.  I never know until I put some of my weight on it.  Hopefully it will last a few rides. I need stronger tires.   I tried the filled tires but with my weight when I turned a corner and they slip right off. It was super not fun.

So I pumped the tire I got about a mile then I heard the familiar sound of the tire grabbing on to the road.  That crunching sound the tire makes when its pulling free of the road its overheld.  I pulled over got off and tried to pump the  tire it didn’t work.  I would at least get a couple of weeks out of a tire this is starting to get real old

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Finally a ride

I have had a string of bad luck lately. Every ride I have taken has ended in a walk home because of a flat tire. Finally yesterday  I had success. I went about five miles.  I know five miles doesn’t seem a lot when your in shape.  But when you carry twice the amount of pounds then your body can carry five miles seems like a death march.
  I also tried a new app I have a droid for a phone.  So I tried the CycleDroid app so far I am liking it. I had gotten a bike computer that attached to my bike tire.  But I didn’t like it. It asked me all sort of questions I don’t know the answers too. I like the app it told me I was going further then I thought I was.  I also do alot of stopping.  I still weigh over 300 pounds.  So I sometimes will stop when I can’t go on I take a break and go on. The CycleDroid app does have one thing I don’t like I need actual time and the ride time. 

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I couldn’t wait

I decided I couldn’t wait to get the new tube liner and tube yesterday.  I may regret that when I am running out of food this week.  Who knows.  I also got bamboozled by Blaze to get him a kickstand.

I was already outside this morning checking out the new tube looks good. Might get a ride before my long commute from my bedroom to my office. I have a new goal that will help me with my old goal of going on the Camino de Santiago.  I plan to go completely carless.  I started work at home no commute I live like two blocks from a grocery store and about 6 miles from a walmart.  So I think its a reachable goal.  If your wondering about winter snow well we rarely get it I should be golden

UPDATE:
I GOT A REAR FLAT THIS TIME!

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I figured it out…

This morning I have to dig the glass out of my tire and see if the tube is salvageable. I have gone on exactly three bike rides this week and have had two flats.  My odds suck.  The local bike shop offers a bike tire that has a two year warranty against flats.  I can’t afford it right now.  Sadly I have to wait till my next paycheck.  I got paid today.   I am hoping against all hope that I can salvage that tire. The longer I go without riding the easier it is to not go ever.  I have a goal I am not coming anywhere near it.

What’s that have to do with my goal?  Well I want to bike the Camino de Santiago its 800km and right now I can’t get more then a few miles before I have to repair my bike or replace or patch a tube.
I love my bike it’s like it was laying in wait for me when I rescued it from the weeds. I have lovingly repaired and cleaned and lubed my bike.  It faithfully carries me. The tube and tire destruction has everything to do with where I live.  Why do people think its okey to go around smashing bottles? I mean really?

I took the tube out of the tire stem was screwed again. So I did what I should of done the last time. Took the tire completely apart and wow my rim tape had harden and had ripped up and was basically sawing into the tube as I rode. 1.90 later and a new tube problem solved I hope

UPDATE :
went and bought a new tire for the front pumped it on little hand pump rode like a quarter of a mile to the gas station finished filling up those last five pounds. Hopped on the bike rode about 2 miles then wham flat tire back tire. Do I have awesome luck or what?

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Another post

I went out earlier today on a ride before I went to work. Got another stinking flat I was going to fast to avoid some glass. About two feet later I heard the swish and then no more air in the front tire for those of you counting that’s 2 flats this week. I need some suggestions on stronger tires

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New Security System

I don’t have a lot of money so when anything goes wrong with my bike I have to sometimes have to wait to get it fixed.  My peddle disaster took me almost two weeks to repair. So being poor means I don’t live in the best area.  My neighbor had a pitbull that they had for over a year and then decided to get rid of it.  So I have a new dog.  He is such a sweety if your me or my son.  Other wise he is 80 pounds of pure muscles with a mouth described by my cousin The Hulk as crocodile like. I used to leave my bike chained to my car port and worry the entire time I was gone.  I would worry that some hooligan would come in my yard and take my sweet Izzo.  But between Orea my dog I have had since she was a puppy and my new dog Rocky.  I invite you hooligans to enter into my yard at your own risk.  May you enter in one piece and leave in pieces.

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