First Time for Everything


Last Wednesday Gail and I met up for an early ride. We’ve been trying to get together to ride for weeks now. We met at 9:00am at Atkins in Amherst for a nice 1.5 hr. ride.

Gail arrived and started to unpack her bike, a Specialized Dolce Elite like mine. Her rear tire was totally flat. We gave it air and waited, hearing that unmistakable hiss after pumping it up. She needed a new tube.

Neither one have us, in all our years cycling, have ever replaced a tire tube. I’ve been shown, she’s been shown, but the act had never been performed.

Fortunately, Gail had just bought tire levers and a new tube. Between the two of us, we managed to get the tube changed in about 20 minutes. Not bad for a first time. And now both of us won’t have to rely on the kindness of strangers when we flat.



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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

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