We have had a lot of seemingly mysterious rear wheel issues with the ownership of our first Yuba (this two Yuba thing could get confusing, we are considering names). When the tire went flat Tuesday, with three boys aboard, I sighed deeply. Was this a related issue? It didn’t really matter. The important things were 1) what are we going to do about it? 2) why does Huntington have such a mosquito problem? It’s a related issue, as I was bitten dozens of times just standing there trying to figure out issue 1.
We were deciding to walk home (less than a mile) when the owner of the home we had locked the bike in front of, opened the door. We knew these people! Their children attended school with ours. How serendipitous! We parked the bike in their living room and carried on home. Brent returned with London, whom we dropped off at violin. He went back to the Yuba with proper tools and discovered a staple in the tire, that was most likely there before, causing both this flat and the previous slow leak.
Small town benefits, flat source found. The perfect October weather was just dessert.
It is noted, we didn’t carry anything to fix the flat. I gave that up when we are not going far (probably not a great practice), and I wasn’t going to fix it with three children crawling around and with the MOSQUITOES. I didn’t walk the bike home because I didn’t want to damage the rim or the tire further. What would you have done?