As a regular cyclist, getting a puncture is like having your feet chopped off, it’s debilitating and just isn't fair. Sometimes I think punctures are caused by sharp objects purposely placed on the roads by evil car-centic people who hate cyclists. As much as I reason with myself, I can help but believe in this conspiracy.
My experience of #puncturegate has allowed me to evaluate how I manage and deal with the punctures I get. This reflection was sparked last week by the shop assistant in CycleSurgery telling me that they always try to encourage their customers to fix their own punctures. I guess he knows that £17 a pop for getting your puncture fixed by CycleSurgery is a tad bit overpriced and sometimes not that good.
|Puncture kit ready? No WAY! Get it out of my bag will ya?|
I seem to get a puncture about every 3 months, often when I am rolling up to work at the end of my morning journey. On these occasions, I will stick my bike straight into the shop. I know, I can hear you saying ‘Don’t spend £17 for a 5 minute job! DO IT YOURSELF!’ Well cycle friends, I just don’t want to! Well, not whilst I am at work that is.
I have come up with a list of reasons justifying this extravagant behaviour:
Reason 1: It’s not clever Trevor to be wearing business attire and rubbing my clean hands all over my wheel trying peel the slithery inner tube out, outside my workplace and on my lunch break.
Reason 2: I would rather read my book on my lunch break than do a chore.
Reason 3: Bike shop is only 2 minute walk from my office
Reason 4: My working day isn’t always that interesting, so why make it worse?
Reason 5: I don't get punctures often so can just about accept the cost of paying a bike shop to fix it, even if it's £17, I'm over it, I'm over it, I'm over it.
Reason 6: I like to uphold the illusion that my puncture never happened. Handing my bike over to the bike shop on my lunch break broken and then collecting it at the end of the day all fixed up and inflated again upholds this façade. Cycling for me is about simplicity.
Satisfied? Or would you just say I'm lazy? One thing I have learnt is that to avoid #puncturegate again, I am going to invest in a puncture resistant tyre (I already have one on the back wheel) so those malicius car crazies who strategically place the sharp objects on our roads as an attack on cyclists won't have the satisfaction of ruining my day again. Same goes for CycleSurgery.
What do you do if you get a puncture at work? Do you get down and dirty in your work clothes and fix it on your lunch break? Or would you rather get a bike shop to fix it hassle free like me?
Funnily enough, during the height of #puncturegate, Andreas from the London Cyclist Blog released the post called ‘How I learnt to love punctures’. I think I’ve still got a long way to go….