Terrible journey home
By user12625760 on Nov 17, 2006
Two hours forty five minutes to get home. A new low. The rain was terrible but having a puncture before I could even get on the bike was worse. Since I could not find the thing that caused the puncture I put on the spare I carry. That got me only 2 miles before the tire popped off the rim. I was able to stop before the tube punctured so I put the original tyre back and hoped for the best.
Less than a mile further that tyre apparently came off as well this time puncturing the tube. On my last tube now and still 18 miles to go. I was very careful about fitting the tyre to be sure the tyre was properly mounted. From here things started to look up and I was making progress and things were looking good. About half a mile from Ottershaw the tyre let go with a pop. 7 miles from home and now walking. Walked to Ottershaw and hid in the bus shelter and decided to put the original tube back on in the hope it would get me home. The tyre's steel bead had come off for about 10 cm which explained everything....
The original punctured tube only had a slow puncture so I pumped it has hard as I dared without risking the another blow out, resolving to get the train in Addlestone if required and putting more air in the tyre when needed.
Got home on this tube, cold and wet. Ordered new tyres and tubes on-line for next week.Update 19/11/2006: I was not in the best of mind when I wrote this and forgot the key point. That was this: "Don't ever throw away a punctured tube until you get home!". Had I done so with the first tube I would have been walking all the way home or trying to hop on various trains to get there.