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.

The guys’ revealing view of cycling people to know

When you publish a list of people to know in an industry and those people are all male, the list may reveal more about yourself than you intended.

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Puncture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m assuming there was no editor to ask some important questions. The result makes a person wonder if the writer and publishers:

  1. Really believe the only people worth knowing are male.
  2. Did not know there are females worth knowing in the industry.
  3. Even considered the possibility that some women have an impact.
  4. Were just too lazy or didn’t care enough to do a thorough job.

None of those possible reasons for the males-only list reflects well on the guys at Element.ly. On a positive note, they did show the good judgment to publish this two days later: