[Yak] I'm glad that YOU think it's funny.... :-(
FIXER3 at aol.com
FIXER3 at aol.com
Mon Sep 22 13:30:47 CDT 2008
Two years ago, I gave "The Object of My Affection" an inexpensive pewter
pin (the type that presses through cloth to be secured on the reverse by a
clutch...not unlike military uniform devices). She installed it on the front her
Now, I told you THAT in order to tell you THIS:
This past weekend, and even dozen of us rode north up the Croton Aqueduct
Trail...a tens-of -miles-long, dirt single-track (read continuously rugged and
jarring)....in short: a real "loose equipment" test if ever there was one.
About two miles into the excursion a fellow rider flatted, and I stayed back
in order to expedite his repair while the balance of the riders pressed on
ahead (we had to make a train at the other end).
This issue (he had another flat on his OTHER tire a few miles after we
resumed riding) had us pushing hard, up the rutted trail in order to close the 30
minute gap between ourselves and the main body of the ride.
Upon transitioning from forested singletrack to a macadamized surface as the
trail traversed a village, I detected a regular, syncopated "tick-tick-tick"
"Must be a leaf or a twig stuck in the brakes...Maybe it'll just work itself
out.... Tires seem fine...brakes working OK....Everything FEELS fine......".
Pausing to cross a street a minute later, I had a casual look at the source
of the sound...a silverish thing of some kind...looking straight up at me
(owing to the fact that it's fixing pin was sticking into my 3 hour-old
puncture-resistant front tire).
Dismounting, I poked it with my grimy-from-two-time-tire-changing index
finger and was rewarded with a small hiss of air that immediately stopped when I
"My brand new tire..."
::make bad face::
::make "resigned-to-ones-fate" face::
::pick pewter pin off with grimy-from-two-time-tire-changing fingernail::
"Wait a minute...I know that pin..."
John T. Chiarella (Fixer3 at aol.com)
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