I rode yesterday. I had skipped Monday, but on the drive home thought I should have ridden, even though it would have been wet.
On the ride home yesterday, as I was rounding a corner onto the main road about 1.5mi from my house, I ran over something, and it jumped off my tire and cut my sidewall. I was rounding the turn and heard the loud, instant PPFFFTTTTT that we all dread so much. Luckily, I was somewhat close to home because I had forgotten my seat pack with my tools. So I ended up walking the last 1.5 miles in the rain, wearing road cleats. Not much fun. I almost took the shoes off and went bare foot, but was afraid I might step on something sharp or slip in the soft wet grass. My shoes were still wet this morning
When I went to change the tire last night, I felt around the inside of the tire and couldn't feel anything sharp (at that point, I didn't know what caused the flat). So I put on a new tube and pumped it back up. I put 120 lb of air in the tire and had just put the wheel back on the bike and was spinning the cranks to get the chain lined up, when PPFFTTTT again!
: This time I found the hole in the sidewall, which was tiny. But with 120 lbs of air in the tube, it was enough to push the tube through the hole and burst it. To big of a hole in the tube to patch it.
luckily, I had another new tire hanging on the wall because I bought a couple of $10 tires off the close-out table at Performance over the winter. The tire that got the hole in the side wall only had about 10-20 rides on it, and was the other new tire I got off the close-out table
: . Well, at least it was cheap. but now I need to get a couple more tires and tubes, since I only have 2 more road tubes and no more spare tires.
I'm considering switching back over to my old "commuter" bike that is a converted MTB. At least for the rainy days, because it can handle the lousy weather better. But I haven't ridden it in a while, and it needs to be checked out and have some normal maintenance done, so today I brought the roadie again. Plus, the roadie is just faster than the commuter, although probably less comfortable.