After a few trial visits, Nicole and I decided to join the East Valley YMCA. It’s reasonably nearby, inexpensive, and the staff are very nice and helpful. Best of all for the geek in me is that their machines have this neat computerized system called FitLinxx. You get an identification # which you type in when you start using a machine and it keeps track of what you do and how you’re progressing on your pre-established workout plan. It looks like you can also access your data from the Web so it could be fun to write some code to suck the data down from the Web.
After last weekend’s flat tires on the trail, we headed back to the bike store to bolster our defenses, after getting Nicole’s tube patched. We both got Tuffies liners (kevlar?) in our tires and I got a bike-mounted pump. We also got spare tubes for both of our bikes, tire levers, and a patch kit, stuffed in a little bag behind my seat. Later inn the day, I bought a book on bike maintenance. Hopefully, we’ll be much more ready for our next bike trip.
On Saturday, Nicole and I bought new bikes from the local bike shop. At first, I thought I could get by with the bike I had, but I noticed that the tires were shredded and the bike had a bit of rust and wasn’t as comfortable as newer bikes. The bike was about 10 years old after all, since this was the bike I bought to ride around at Stanford. And when I saw and rode Nicole’s new bike, I got jealous :-). So I bought a bike as well and Nicole and I both had shiny, new Giant bikes.
The plan was to go for a ride on the nearby Coyote Creek Trail with Nicole’s parents, who purchased new bikes of their own a couple of months ago. Well, ride we did, but after a few miles, Nicole’s dad had a flat tire from a burr that he picked up on the trail, so we headed back. On the way back, we noticed that Nicole had a flat tire as well, also from a burr that was stuck in her tire.
Two flat tires in one day. Especially surprising since all of our bikes were equipped with tires that had Slime tire sealant. While we were in the bike store, I overheard some people talking about kevlar liners that are supposed to be very good at protecting the inner tube (sounds like a good idea to me since kevlar is in bulletproof vests). I think next weekend we’ll head back to the bike store and have the kevlar liners installed on all of our tires.
Any other tips for preventing punctures?