If you’ve ever had a flat tire while you are out on your bike, you know it just plain stinks! This is especially true if you are in the middle of a great ride. My first flat came a little over a year and a half ago. I was on one of those “Screw Work Let’s Ride” trips. The weather couldn’t have been better, clear sunny skies, mid 80’s, and we were headed to a great spot for lunch. Well after indulging in a gut busting meal, it was time to saddle up and head for the barn. The only problem was, after performing a pre-ride walk around (TCLOCS inspired) I noticed my rear tire was flat. Just my luck! As the whole group gathered to assess my situation, it was quickly learned one crusty rusty old biker had a tire repair kit like those available from K and G Cycles(www.kandgcycles.com), and another had a small compressor. My luck was about to change. In no time flat, we had the tire repaired and were on our way. This is one of the advantages of riding with seasoned pros. Not being one to push my luck too hard, at a fuel stop along the way, I made a call to my local shop to schedule the new tire install. Turns out hey did have the tire in stock, were able to get me in, and had me ready the next day.
This experience has taught me that if you pay attention in life and take a little direction from the ones that have “been there and done that” you can learn a lot. Had it not been for the “higher mileage” guys with us that day and their wisdom, I never would have discovered the priceless tools of the road. A portable tire repair kit is small enough to pack on almost any bike, is affordable enough that all of us should have one, and as long as you have a tubeless tire will get you back on the road to safety. I know we never hope to need the tools we pack for ourselves, but you never know when a friend may need some assistance. In addition to a small tool wrap, I also carry a tire repair kit (like Part# TR-150215 seen here)on my bike because you never know what lies ahead in the road. Why not head over to K and G Cycles (www,kandgcycles.com) and take a look at the selection of tire repair kits available and pick one up before the new season begins.