20080507

Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  6.12
Time =  26.55
Ave. Speed =  13.6
Max. Speed =  30.5
Monthly Dist. =    110.31
Yearly Dist. =  1418.80

This ride was one of my shortest rides ever, both in distance, and in time. However, it did contain a miracle, which I would have found hard to believe, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

I headed out for a ride up to the La Luz trailhead, to get back into the training ride mode. I wasn't very far up the climb when I suddenly heard a loud "POW", then "Hisssssssssssss...". I had just blown my front tire, so I stopped and spun my front wheel, hoping that the slime in the tube would seal the leak and allow me to ride back to the house, without having to change the tire on the side of the road. Much to my surprise and delight, the sound of escaping air ceased, and I still had good pressure in the tire. I didn't even have to get my pump out to add any air.

On the short downhill back to Tramway, I noticed a thumping from the front tire when I applied my brakes. An inspection of the tire showed that when the tube popped, it blew the tire slightly off of the rim. This is what it looked like. I knew I was very lucky to be riding, and not walking, so I took it easy as I headed back to the house.

I made it back, and removed the tube for replacement. That's when I realized that I had just experienced a miracle. The was a hole in the tube, the size of a dime. There is no way that it should have been possible for that tube to hold any air. By pure luck the blown tube must have been pinched between the tire and the rim, and the slime must have done the rest, sealing it off enough to prevent further leakage. The bicycle Gods were smiling on me today.

I had time to go back out after fixing the tire, but I didn't want to push my luck. I just hope that the tire isn't damaged for my next ride.



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