A couple of weeks ago I thought, “Hmmm. I haven’t put new sealant in my tires since I purchased this bike, almost one year ago.” Sure enough, the interior of each tire was dry as a bone. I found a bottle a sealant and my Flash Charger and made everything awesome in about ten minutes. Confidence restored!
About two miles into my ride this morning I started hearing a rhythmic thump-thump-thump. I thought about it for a few seconds and determined that it was in time with the wheels. After a bit more mental denial, I pulled over and found this.
I picked up the bike and tilted it so that sealant covered the both entry in the tread of the tire and the sidewall exit. Then I crossed my fingers and headed home. I made it with a few PSI to spare.
The moral of this story is that I would have been walking home if I hadn’t slopped more sealant in the tire recently. These days, on the down side of a hot summer, I figure there are LOTS of dry tires around these parts. Everything’s great… until it isn’t.