Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's All About the Yin and the Yang

Betsy loves Schwalbe Tires

Fresh off a great email at the end of the day from 'Kid' (Salsa), I'm absolutely killing it home. I'm flying as if there are wings on my feet, then without warning my rear tire blows. "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!", I yell. "Well, this thing ain't gonna fix itself", I go to work. I even burn up two CO2's looking for a fast change in order to get back into the rhythm. It doesn't go as planned. Turns out I replaced the tube with one that already has a hole in it. You'd think after 12 years of racing bikes these types of road side repairs would go smooth. Nothing goes smooth for me when working on a bike. The whole effort is ruined as I nursed the second tube home, stopping 3 times to air it up, then "gun it" until it goes flat again. So sad....

Totally crabby and flat out ticked off I pull into the driveway at the same time as my wife. I fly into a rant as I come to a stop on the rim. "I'm riding on a flat!", I yell. But, wait, what's that? My rage turns to elation as I spy a large box on the front deck. "YES! There's my new tires!" Amy replies, "I guess that worked out pretty good then."

It's all comin' together. I think it's gonna be a great season.

Stay tuned...

Eki

P.S. Salsa and Schwalbe. Mmmm, Mmmm...

2 comments:

Buff said...

So strange,
yesterday morning as I grabbed my commute I noted not one, but both tires flat, argh dang Ritcheys! As I commuted bike B, I was thinking about your heavy-duty Schwalbe's. We need to talk.

Ari said...

With all respect to Mr. Ritchey I have given up on the Speedmaxs. The continental Cyclocross speed and the Michelin Jet prove to be better in the puncture proofness.
ari