Actually I was talking about my geared bike.
After a shitty race on Sunday, I went out to the garage to find this:
My rear tire had become flat. I figured maybe it was some kind of fluke, so I pumped it up and checked everything. I could hear air leaking out somewhere, and eventually I found it.
I guess that happened during the race and I didn’t notice it. I had bigger issues at the time, but I’m really lucky that the tire didn’t explode while I was out there. Upon further inspection, I found something else that was kinda odd.
See how it's warped?
That might be part of what was going on with my lack of handling during the race. Did I mention that the other day? Probably not. Anyway, the tire is over a year old, and very well worn. I knew I had to replace it, but I kept putting it off. In fact, I’ve been putting my geared bike off all together. I other ride it during the Southern Classic races, and it sits there collecting dust the rest of the time. Like Little Miss Sunshine told me (with a big fat “I told you so”), I needed to show my geared bike a little love.
Luckily, I was prepared for such an occasion.
I’ve had this tire hanging around for a while, and now I pretty much had to use it. I pulled the old tire off and took a peek inside.
So that’s what a year’s worth of Stan’s looks like. Hmmm.
I got the new tire on, and gave my bike a good washing. Aside from the mud I acquired in Sunday’s race, I still had dust on it from when I race at Uwharrie over a month ago. I guess I should really start paying attention to my “other” bike from now on.
But damn, I love that single speed.
Sometime in the next few days, I’ll switch my SS bike back to a 32X20 configuration, and I probably won’t ride it again around here after that until I get back from my trip. I guess that means if I ride again before we leave I’ll be riding my geared bike.
That’s probably not a good way to prepare for a single speed race, is it?