So I was running a little late this morning, considering I planned a pre-work trip to the SODO Home Depot. Hopped on my daily ride, and got halfway down the block when I felt a wobble in the right pedal. I’ve experienced this once before, and it’s not good. Best case, the bike shop will be able to “shoot a coil” in the crank arm that will allow me to re-thread the pedal. Worst case means a new crankset. Whatever the case, I wasn’t getting to work on THAT bike.
OK, so out comes the rain bike. Hmmm – tires look really low. Well, it’s been really sunny in Seattle; I haven’t ridden it in weeks, maybe months. Except that as I pump I hear the hiss that tells me all is not well with my rear tire. And there’s a glassy piece of road debris, sticking out proudly. Damn. Changing the tire is a 15-20 minute process because (a) it involves removing the rear fender stays and (b) I’m slooow when it comes to bike repairs. Fixing the flat will mean shitcanning my morning plans.
So good thing I’ve recently acquired a third bike! Jumped on my coaster-brake equipped single-speed SE Draft for the trip. A bit dodgy dealing with SODO traffic on a bike better suited for laying down skids in the alley and tooling around the neighborhood, but hey – at least I got my ride in.