The Windsor Island Road Driving Range is about a mile and a half from our house, right along The Loop I normally ride. Their sprinkler system comes on at 6 a.m. sharp — I know this because I had already been in the entrance to their parking lot for about a half hour when they came on, fixing a flat.
If you’ve been following along, that’s the second flat I’ve been a part of in the past week. Feeling pretty good about it, since we’d just done one, I jumped right in — had the wheel off in seconds, tools out, spare tube ready, old tube off, and ready to go. Tried to get the tire on a couple different ways before it finally made sense, and actually had it all put back together in relatively decent time. It was no 1 minute and 19 second tire change, but it was decent enough for a first solo effort.
The problem came when I tried to pump it up. The ‘missle launcher’ that I carry on my bike, which came through for Nick and I the other night, did NOT for me today. Now, I also need to try a different pump because it also could be the spare tube itself, but this pump is no fun to work with. I’m really considering a portable air gun and CO2 cartridges after this episode. After being there for 35 minutes with no air staying in the tire, I gave up, packed everything away, and started the trek back home.
Since I didn’t want to ruin my new cleats, I took my shoes off and carried them in one hand. Since that part of Windsor Island Road is really rough, or at least would be on a flat tube/tire/rim — I also hoisted the bike up on one shoulder and started the Walk of Shame. So yeah, there was the big brown guy, in socks, walking down Windsor Island Road, with a bike on his shoulder. Really wasn’t too bad since that’s what most of our trips to Disneyland have felt like…me carrying some 20+ lb kid all over the parks, for 4 days solid.
If any of you have any connections with the City of Keizer, we could use a little better street cleaning…lots of glass, rocks, and other cruddies right in the walking path. Also, if you’re ever in a situation where you’re walking down a road in your socks, I can strongly suggest walking on the painted stripe, it’s the smoothest part of a rough road. Lastly, big thanks to the husband/wife team on the tandem bike that apparently were on an important time trial and didn’t even take the time to hollar over and ask if I needed anything…giving the bike community a good name!