I have a love of puncture proof tyres. They are wonderful insurance policies against that day a piece of glass or a nail sticks to your tyres and ruins your day as inevitably as a bus passing via a muddy puddle and splashing your nice new tights. So far, my puncture proof tyres have performed this function extremely well. But, I only have them on two of my bikes, and not on the Bennett. I reasoned to myself that I don’t have the strength to undo the bolts that hold the wheels on so there would be little use in trying to repair a puncture if it happened, as I could not see myself wrestling unsuccessfully with an upturned bike on the side of the road. At least, I did not like this idea at all. So I decided to trust to luck and a long walk if my luck ran out. Which is why these TWO puncture kits have been sitting on my desk for a few years.
Well, the other day the inevitable happened. I will spare you the awful details of the long slow ride home, knowing my lovely gumwall tyre was being ruined, bit by bit. Also, the fact that it was not a complete flat at the time I discovered it, just a slow leak and disaster could have been averted by a pump, but mine was sitting at home not far from my puncture kit and I do not trust the ones at garages ever since one flattened my tyre (as they are for some reason not compatible with bike tyres). So I am now grappling with the decision to either:
a) get a new set of spiffy tyres which are puncture proof and a fancy colour (maybe cream or red or both?) I have looked briefly on the web and there is not much choice in 27″ tyres…
b) get a new tube and put the old plain black tyre back on and just suck it up and go back to my old policy of trusting to luck (though perhaps I will get a small pump I can carry with me this time).