Monday, June 17, 2013
So, the bike is fixed and I'm set for me long Saturday ride. I go 5+ miles and SSSSSSSSS the sound of a flat. No big deal, right...WRONG!! Fix the flat and go less than a mile and SSSSSSSSSS. Walk home and check the tire. Everything looks fine. Repair the flat, go on the road again and SSSSSSSSSS. Flat #3. Sports fans, I'm not known for my patience, but I fought the desire to smash something. Came back home and really checked everything (tube, tire, wheel, my sanity). Gave it one more shot, repair the flat and went back on the road and SSSSSSSSSSSSS. This time I returned home, took the tire off and threw it as far as I could. No ride on Saturday. Called the LBS and explained that I would be bringing in the works on Sunday. After they told me opening time was 10:00 AM, I had a cold beer and tried hard to cool off. Sunday came, went to the LBS and arrived at 10:10. The sign on the door said 12:00 opening. Since I live 40 minutes from the LBS, I decided to walk around the local mall until 12:00. LBS opened and after checking the wheel, they discovered that the tape inside the wheel had ripped and needed to be replaced. I paid .99 cents and went on my way. Got home, put a new inner tube, put air in the tire and SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, again. This time instead of throwing something I cursed big time in both spanish and english. As a last result, I replaced the tire and as I finished putting air in the tire @ 120 PSI, I heard it again SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I was speechless. Too mad to throw anything or curse in any language. The rest of the day was spent thinking what could be causing the flats. The only other thing that I could think of is the air pump. Perhaps the calibration is off and instead of 120 PSI, it's really 140 PSI. So, today I'm returning to the LBS with bike, tire, wheel, and air pump to try and figure out the problem. Incredible!! HOOOAA!!