One memory which I can't seem to shake happened as the year was drawing to a close. Something all cyclists fear. No, not being hit by a car, worse than that, it was a never ending string of flat tires...
|Talk about a series of unfortunate events!|
Five flat tires in 16 miles. Yes, you heard me right, I didn't stutter. I'm a little embarrassed to say it and the fact that I kept going in order to flat five times might offer you a glimpse into my own insanity but yes, it happened to me. It was supposed to be an 'easy' 70 mile mountain bike ride that my friend Cliff and I were going out on but instead it was a tumultuous day of starting, stopping, buying more and more tubes -- and slime even! -- and finally having to call in a friend to be rescued as we (me) were stranded along a river beside a Naval Reserve Base.
But enough of that, that is a story I don't want to think about let alone tell. But it does raise the question: What do you never leave home without?
|My buddy Tony T fixing a flat |
while out on a gravel ride.
Photo Cred: Steve Reisman
Myself, I never leave home without one tube, a way to inflate said tube, a tire lever and a small hex set. That's the minimal, for roadie rides. If I'm riding with a group I'll bring another tube and maybe a chain breaker. For mountain bike rides I'll add zip-ties (probably the single best thing you can EVER have in your kit), my Gerber multi tool and a lighter.
I've put that ride behind me but it has definitely reacquainted me with the Boy Scout I once was, from now on I'll always Be Prepared!