Fixing a puncture is always unpleasant, no matter how seasoned you are at changing them, no matter how keen an amateur mechanic you are, no matter how snazzy your wheels, how well-engineered your tyre levers, how hard you’re trying to impress your cycle date.
I haven’t had a puncture in ages but earlier this week, in perhaps a world first and most certainly a new low, I had a FOUR PUNCTURE DAY. Here’s a wee tidbit of advice on what not to say to someone while they’re fixing a puncture…
Well-meaning colleague, wheeling up to the bike shed then noticing me fighting with my tyre:
“OHHH, how OLD-FASHIONED, changing a puncture! Don’t you have tubeless tyres, like mine?”
Wednesday 2 December, 2021