The Longest Lasting Tube Ever


You aren’t going to believe this one….on Monday I had my first flat tire in two years.  Yeah, it’s been at least two years and over 20,000kms on the road since I last had to change a tube.  That’s like an eternity for a road bike tube.  I can’t even believe it myself.

The thought has been lurking around in my mind for a while now.  Each time I zoom past some broken glass or see a screw laying on the road, I think that this has got to be the time.  Well, that time finally came and what did it was hitting a big rock with my back tire going down a hill.  Something as simple as that and my tire changing streak was done.

Thinking back, I can’t honestly remember the last time I had a flat.  What I do know is that I’ve had my Trek Madone for almost two years and this is the first flat I’ve had with it.  I also know that I was living in Canada two years ago so I wasn’t outside riding between December and February.  So the earliest date that my last flat could have occurred is pre-November 2008….incredible.

What the heck are they putting in the tire tubes over at the Trek factory?  I’m not sure if it was the tube or the fact that I live a charmed life (like my friend Torsten tells me).  Whatever it is, I’m totally okay with my next flat coming sometime around March 2013.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…when I pulled out the flat tube, what I found was a Cheng Shin. Serious.

Enjoy Your Ride

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