Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

- T.S. Eliot -

Weekend bike ride, miles, smiles and punctures

Yeah, yeah, yeah. The short version of ride goes something like this:

  • Wake up early and ensure body is sufficiently watered and fed
  • Squeeze into lycra
  • Ride bike
  • Comrade punctures
  • Comrade has deep section rims and uses valve extenders (!?!)
  • Everyone knows valve extenders don’t work
  • Comrade breaks valve off inner tube whilst trying to inflate tyre
  • Inner tube supplied by yours truly is only just long enough for deep rims (80mm needed, 60mm ‘in stock’)
  • Wrestle with mini pump to get tyre to pressure
  • Cast a disapproving look at riding comrade. A comrade, who has on various occasions, been told to ditch value extenders and buy some proper inner tubes with 80MM VALUES!!!!
  • Finish ride.
An expensive waste of time...

An expensive waste of time…