Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:09 am
Well, not really. My, how things became interesting since early this year. School has pretty much commanded most of my time (and the odd auto project every now and then), and since my daughter attends preschool on campus, I haven't been able to ride to school all year. Until today
My fixed-roadie has had two flats since, hmmmmm, March? I think. Hit something early on a weekend ride which put a hole in my Tufo too large for the sealant to close up. I've been putting off gluing new tires on for months, mostly because of school and general tiredness and apathy, part because of the '66 Beetle I've been working on (and the occasional Land Rover), and part because I've been doing a bit of mounting biking, and the Stan's hasn't failed me on the dirt all summer.
My brother has been living with us for about a month now. He left Snailem (Salem), Oregon after he broke up with his girlfriend and it appears he is intent on turining his life around and becoming a productive memeber of society. Why does this affect my cycling? Well, he starts his new job today and needs a car to drive there. That means I'm riding my bike to school...blessing in disguise? No...just a blessing.
So, I needed to put the new tubulars on last night so that I'd have something to ride this morning. Grabbed the plastic bag my tubulars and glue have been sitting in since I left the Bike Shop. 3 Tufo S22's (a good, cheap training tubular; very round/true, nice quality, the benefits of Tufo tubeless), 2 tubes of Hutchinson cement. I'm a 3M FastTacker, but I haven't been able to locate any as of late. The Hutchinson should've worked out, but I guess it sat in my sweltering garage for too long this summer, because instead of a watery dispersement of cement, it came out as a continuous extrusion of very elastic snot. Not even tacky to the touch. Hmmm. This wasn't looking good. I rolled all of the cement off my rim (a huge cement booger) and broke out the 3M spray adhesive I had sitting on the shelf I don't recommend this to anybody, but Vegas is pretty much void of fast, tight twisties, and it's a fixed-gear...I doubt I'll roll a tire, plus the spray adhesive helped me in the past when some of my 3M FastTack lost tack due to the dry heat.
I threw the wheel on the stand, gave it a spin and proceeded to spray down the rim for about a minute, building up a nice coat of glue. Then I sprayed down the rim strip of the tire until there was a visible nap of glue on the surface. And like mounting any other non-stretched tubular, I inserted the valve-step, grabbed two handfuls of tire and did the tubular-dance around the garage while cursing the chorus of my favorite gangsta rap song. Fun!
Back to the mundane. I'm fat, out of shape, and still in school. I have 4 grants to write this month, comprehensive exams early in September, a whole lot of stress while my brother continues to occupy our house. I rode my bike this morning. I'll have to ride it home this afternoon. It's a little bit of happieness, but I'll enjoy it!