It seems this summer was destined to be our summer of bike mishaps. It all started several weeks ago when Adelle and I headed out to Loma for a quick ride. First, we locked the keys in the car. After a few moments of panic Adelle had a great idea and we managed to get the car unlocked without having to break a window. Later in the ride I noticed my bike tire was sliding around on the dirt. I checked it and sure enough, there was a hole. In my tubeless tire! What the heck?
First, we tried just pumping the tire back up and riding on it to see if the Stan’s sealant would fill the hole. That didn’t work. So then Adelle asked the all-important question, “Do you really think you can put a tube in this tire successfully?” My response? “Well…in theory.” So we set about changing the tire. We got the tire off the bike, got the tire off the rim (thanks Kenda tires!) and got a tube in. We got the tire back on the rim easily and pumped it up. Then came the real challenge: getting the back tire back on the bike. We just couldn’t do it! Fortunately some guys came by and the one guy knew the trick to getting it back on. What’s the trick to easily putting your back tire back on your bike? Make sure you’ve either got the chain in the smallest sized ring, or that you just take the chain off the front rings all together.
So John helped me patch my almost brand-new tire and we put more sealant in both of ours since the sealant had obviously dried out over the hot summer. The next week the three of us headed to Steamboat Springs for 3 days of biking. The second day we were getting ready to do some resort biking when Adelle noticed her rear brake lever was awfully close to her fingers. Well it turned out she needed new back brake pads. So off we went at the resort in search of a bike shop; John did his best to change the pads without his usual set of tools and, with the awesome help of the mechanic at the Ski and Bike Kare shop, we were on our way.
Then the next day, this happened:
See that duct tape on Adelle’s tire? We were having a lovely snack at the almost-top of the Bealle’s trail in Steamboat when we heard what sounded like a gunshot. It was LOUD. And it was Adelle’s tire. The outside layer was delaminating and had also caused a small leak. So once again here we were on the side of the trail putting in a bike tube…once that part was done, John put duct tape over the gash in the side of her tire, and off we went for another 11 miles of biking. That evening we made sure to go get a new tire and change it out for the following day’s ride.
Back in the Junk, we went two Sundays ago for a ride on Lion’s and Troy Built in Loma. Halfway through Lion’s Loop Adelle’s derailleur cable SNAPPED! It just SNAPPED! So she had to finish that ride with basically a single-speed bike. Thank goodness John was there to fix that issue. We’d’ve had no idea what to do and would have ended up walking.
HOPEFULLY all our bike woes are behind us. (She says, knocking on wood…) Hope your summer has been better!