Bicycling Dave is a thorn magnet

When the weather is nice, my neighbor likes to ride his bicycle several miles to a Safeway store for morning coffee and a doughnut.

I can relate. Some of the best bike rides involve coffee and, for me, maybe a muffin or a scone since I try to avoid the glazed or chocolate delights I used to love.

The route my neighbor takes (let’s call him Dave) is mostly along a paved trail in a state park by the Colorado River. Even though it’s paved, there’s always a fair chance you’ll encounter the dreaded goat’s head thorn.

Dave seems to attract them. He is a thorn magnet. I’ve been on rides when I felt similarly attractive.

Image by M. H. from Pixabay

My own approach for years has been to ride on Continental Gatorskin tires, which typically cost ~$50-60 U.S. but are tough enough to last me a couple of thousand miles on the road. I think I’ve had two flats with Gatorskins in the past 20 or so years while experiencing numerous thorn flats and other fails using other tires.

Mrs. Smith and I both have new Gatorskins on our road bikes.

Of course, there are other solutions:

Fixing flats is kind of a pain, but knowing how to do it comes in handy.

I’m with @bikeshopgirl.com (in convo below with @bikesnobnyc) that not everyone needs to do it.

Not everyone can, but I think everyone can plan.

Pedal on, my friends.

B.J.

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