Sometimes it just rains heaps...... I got a flat this morning cruising around Parliament House. No big deal, just whack a tube in and off I go. Going up Northbourne avenue a bus driver went past me extra slow. So I pedalled a little faster and caught the lead out for about a kilometre from Macarthur House to Antill Street Dickson - and as a super bonus got through the lights (this never happens). After this intersection the bus turned off and I just recovered a little before heading up to the badlands of Gungahlin. Going past the Kaleen turnoff, I felt as though I was floating a bit - yep, flat tyre. I managed to get up to a spot where I could get off the road and fix it. Again no biggie - I carry 2 tubes and was only 10 minutes from home.
Because the first flat had cost me 2 CO2 cartridges I was slumming it with the hand pump. At about 80psi, the tube valve snaps off and my tyre goes flat at the bottom. Mobile phone gets a work out. I have to be (dis)content with 40 kilometres for the morning in a little over an hour. When I put a new tyre and tube on a lunchtime I managed to blow 2 tubes up because the tyre wouldn't hold the bead - this has never happened to me before and if you have ever blown a tube up (literally) when inflating it inside an enclosed room - you know how the ringing in the ears sounds!!
Anyway, I also managed to stick some new Crank Bros Egg beater 4ti pedals on the MTB also. My other set 'wore out'. By this I mean they got worn down over the course of the year - but I can pretty much pinpoint it to one race weekend at the Geelong National Round. They had pretty much gotten so loose that I was pulling the cleat out at really inopportune times. The difference in substantial metal between the two is, well, substantial!
I also managed to install my new 'Pine Scented' Kenda Small Block 8 tyres - I will be able to smell the serenity as I cruise through key Stromlo locations. Almost nothing better than new tyres - maybe new chain, cassette and chainrings.