Riding change of plans

Another nice weather day for riding on Saturday.   I found my Road ID.  This was something that was missing before we moved and then I just recently found it – a year later!!  It was tucked away in a bag and I found it when I was looking for something else.  



Our plan was for a cupcake ride to Saratoga.  It was good and sunny, so I slathered up with sunscreen and we headed out after lunch.



We stopped around mile 9 for a quick snack of some dried pineapple and to sit in the shade.



We were heading along quickly.  John was in front and around mile 12 or so, we could hear a funny noise from his bike, which sounded like metal hitting his spokes and then you could hear a gush of air.  Flat!  John hit some slim piece of metal that sliced through the tire into the tube.



It almost looks like a razor blade stuck in there.  So, we got out the new tube and tools and John proceeded to change the tube. However, the tire wouldn’t seat back properly on the rim. This was  a problem he had last year with this tire and we aren’t sure if it is the rim or the tire. Whichever, it sort of settled in, but with such a big gash in the tire, he didn’t want to pump the tube up too far because it might extrude through and pop.  So, after deliberation, we decided to turn around and go home. It would have been almost 10 miles to Saratoga and then 20 more miles to get home. We figured it would be best to head home so he could change out the tire.  So, no cupcake this day.  🙁 



On the way back, we did decide to stop for Sweet Frog Yogurt.  This was around mile 22 or so?


John was a little grumpy at the flat spoiling the ride, but he cheered up with some froyo:



Ah yes, the sweaty bike look.  Oh well, it was pretty empty in there anyway, so we didn’t scare anyone away!  My hair is just long enough to put into a little hamster tail at the base of my neck.  I have been growing it out since around January.  I had an angled bob and it was shaved in the back.  


Peanut butter sauce on this!   The extra bonus is that we actually had a filled out loyalty card and so we got $5 off.

We went the rest of the way home and I was going to keep riding after dropping John off, but he decided he wanted to go back out again after changing the tire, so I waited. It was close to dinner and we figured we would go out and loop for a couple slices of pizza on the way back.

We went out by the municipal airport. There are a lot of industrial businesses along that road, including a granite place. 



The slabs are really quite pretty.  I like granite, but not sure I would want it as a counter surface. 

Dinner time!



Then it was just a couple miles back home.



We ended up with 37.5 miles, but it seemed like a much longer ride LOL!  Between the long stop with the tire issues and then another half hour at home changing the tire.  We still got in a decent ride, though.  Guess the cupcake will have to be next week 🙂


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15 thoughts on “Riding change of plans

    1. Lori Post author

      It feels like we should have had more miles. Normally flat tires are not a big deal, but John has had this ongoing wheel issue for a year now. This was his first flat of the season and I think we had kind of forgetten about that issue until now.

      I still have a hankering for a cupcake, though LOL!

  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Way to not let the flat stop you! That did look like a razor blade of some kind and rusty to boot. Yikes.

    Peanut butter sauce looks amazing. We have a recipe for homemade PB sauce and it’s absolutely ridiculous. It makes too much for one person and since Ben doesn’t eat ice cream (weirdo!) I never have a chance to make it.
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  2. Biz

    Glad you found your Road ID! I need to get a new one – I realized the other day when I was wearing it that my late husband is the in case of emergency contact 🙁

    I’d take pizza over cupcakes any day 😀
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  3. Fran

    Still a nice ride!

    I don’t have a road ID but I always have my phone with me on my walks and runs and have in my contacts IEC so they know who to call. When I do those organized walks I always carry a backpack and have my driver’s license with me too.
    Bella does have her own ID just in case she slips aways when she’s off leash. It has her name and both our phone numbers on it so people can call us and she’s chipped too.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday, August 16, 2015: Mishmash

    1. Lori Post author

      Check with your local bike store and see if they have a class on changing a flat. It is something you want to practice at home so when you have one on the road, it won’t be the first time. It’s not hard, really. Spare tubes come in a little box and you can carry them easily.


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