Anyway – it’s been a bit of an unlucky afternoon for me. The day started OK with a great ride in to work; I’m finally back on the bike after all of our sicknesses. Last week was my ride in six weeks, and oh my has my fitness dropped! But my time/pace this morning was almost back on par with what it used to be – though my colleagues tell me that I was very red in the face when I arrived! Whatever!
Even better – my riding buddy Jason had also ridden in this morning, so we arranged to meet up for our ride home. We got about five KM into the ride when I noticed that my bike wasn’t holding a straight line at speed, so I pulled over and checked my tire pressure. Sure enough – my back tire had a slow leak!
Ordinarily, this would be totally infuriating – and of course, I’d be lying if I said that the whole experience of changing my tire filled me with joy – especially after it started raining. But you know what? Things could be a lot worse. There were quite a number of things that went through my mind which on the whole made me think that perhaps it wasn’t really all that bad:
- I wasn’t alone! In fact, it had been ages since I’d seen Jason, so stopping to change the tire actually gave us time to chat;
- Besides the rain, it was perfect conditions for riding – not cold, but not hot;
- Overall, I’ve never had a serious accident while cycling (though I’ve come pretty close a couple of times – watch out for cyclists, people!)
Perhaps it was stretching to find a silver lining a little bit, but seriously – a bit of perspective shows that first world problems aren’t really all that bad. Anyway, it didn’t take too long change and inflate the tire, and I found a number of suspicious pieces of glass lodged in it in the process. Hopefully having them all removed now means it won’t have any more problems for a while. I’m yet to change the back tire over to the Conti GP 4000s that I have on the front, but I do have one sitting ready in the cupboard! I’ll give the current tire one more chance, but any more flats and it’ll be time for the switcheroo!
When I got home, I discovered that we were once again having problems with our Media Centre PC. This time I’m certain it’s the solid state drive, because as soon as I disconnect it, the computer runs no problems (though of course it doesn’t boot). The drive is still in warranty – just – but having it fixed involves sending it back to Thailand, plus (no doubt) a lengthy wait for it to be returned, so shelling out for a new one seems like a better option.
Oh well! That’s life I guess! Be happy!