bike puncture

16 Jun

london 12.23pm tuesday 2015

yesterday, simon came back from work and said he had a puncture in his bike tyre and had to walk with the bike all the way home.

hmm, it made me remember what is awful about a bike, it can get a puncture. i have 3bikes for oh 5yrs, and i never have a puncture, but recently a few days ago when john and i checked the bikes in the bike shed in preparation for the naked bike ride , one of the bikes have a front wheel puncture. and now simon got a puncture.

i am glad i dont cycle anymore. i got a freedom pass now so no need to cycle, when i can get free bus and tubes. i now roam far and wide to buy my groceries, going to far flung budget supermarkets like aldi, where previously they were too far to cycle. though this month i noticed i have only been shopping in tesco. so their fight back to wrest market share from aldi seems to be working, at least with me… they have attracted my custom.

oh that reminds me i am running out of ginger and need to bus to brixton to get them. perhaps i shall do so today, as it is a bright sunny day out there. later, i think, as right now, the traffic across vauxhall bridge is really bad. i just have a taste of it because i took the bus back from the library, and we were long delayed trying to cross the jam. all those road works to improve the bike lanes have created a bad jam practically everyday at certain times of the day.

really my advise to any driver thinking of driving into central london. just forget it. 

i have no idea how to repair a bike puncture. is it difficult? or expensive? well, simon will find out. by rights all those who ride bikes should learn to repair a bike puncture because it must be quite a common thing to happen. though i never had a puncture in all the years i have the bikes until now. and two comes along… 

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8 Responses to “bike puncture”

  1. brushes and papers Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    I guess they don’t make the bike tires like before. I noticed my husband has been complaining of his puncture tires so often last year. The repair is quite expensive here too.

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      bike repairs are expensive!! simon is not going to like that. i wonder whether he knows how to repair a puncture. i vaguely recall somone taking the tube is putting it under water to find the leak, and then patching it. and none of the bike shops around where i live advertise that they do puncture repairs. i wonder why? they concentrate on selling u a new bike. i dont see them selling new bicycle tyres either. now and then we get council sponsoring bike maintainance workshops, i wonder if they teach people to repair punctures too? next time i see one i must ask them, not that i use the bike much nowadays.

      • brushes and papers Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:18 am #

        Nowadays bike shops only want to sell new things instead of repairing. I guess they dont want the headache of hiring technician. Adding to that, some customers can be very fussy to deal with.

  2. alifesgayventure Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    you would think with all this modern technology they can invent a bicycle tyre that wont puncture. what does your husband do when he gets a puncture, does he know how to repair it himself or what?
    this utube shows how to repair a puncture, looks quite easy…

  3. brushes and papers Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Haha.. He doesnt know how to fix that puncture tires. Only thing was, pushed it to the nearby bike shop. The last time i heard him complained about that small rubber tube which is on the tire valve costs $2 a piece. When he went to JB he got one for only Rm 0.5/piece.

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 9:24 am #

      might be a good idea to buy a few of those rubber tubes when he goes to JB again. keep as a spare, and then he can do the repair himself.he is unusual to be cycling at all in singapore. it must be real hot

      • brushes and papers Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 9:36 am #

        Just like you say, it is very hot here and he wont go far with his bike. There are a couple malls close by, when he doesn’t want to drive, bike is quite convenient to use. Especially bike doesn’t have to pay for parking. 😊 but dont ride those expensive bikes and park at public spaces. It will be gone in a few minutes.

      • alifesgayventure Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 10:36 am #

        i agree with him, short trips by bicycle are really the best use of the bike. it is quicker than walking. and he gets some exercise too.

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