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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
All weekend long during my son's visit this past Easter, the talk was about survival techniques and equipment. Chris explained in great detail a movement afoot called Every Day Carry in which a person carries basic emergency equipment - something I've been doing for years as a cyclist.
Every Day Carry?
I so badly wanted to go to what used to be the world's largest mall that I was willing to get my daughter to fix the front flat on my winter bike. For some unknown reason, I've been suffering a number of flats this winter and I suspected that the 100 studs in each tire might be the culprit but no amount of checking them solved the problem. Besides, Jackie needed practice fixing a flat since the last time she'd had one while climbing Anarchist Mountain, she'd gotten the old man to do it.
The black dot at the curve is a cyclist climbing Anarchist
It was after dealing with the throngs of Easter shoppers that I approached my bike with its nice hard, front tire that I noticed that the rear tire had now gone flat. Luckily, every day I cycle, I carry a bike tool, a new tube, patches and glue, tire levers and a CO2 inflator. What I didn't expect was that the tire inflator's compressed air cylinder was empty. What I vowed to do was to buy a small pump so that every day that I cycle, I would know that I had a method of pumping up a flat tire. I should remember to use the CO2 inflator for when I'm on a mountain bike tour - not when I'm traipsing every day around town on my bike.
What it felt like
It was only 20 blocks of pushing my bike to get home.