Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I really enjoy my bike commute home after a long day at at work. I usually get a tail wind, and it's only 8 miles; just enough to work out the days stress and think a bit. Usually....
I was getting too many flats on the trail with all its glass and stickers, so I bought a set of Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires, Schwalbe claims they are the fastest and lightest in their Marathon line, with HD-Speed-Guard for the highest level of puncture protection, RoadStar Triple Compound for the best handling characteristics, and a greater tread depth increases lifespan. They are well known and well loved by flat-hating bike tourists. They did hold up well against the sorry roads and paths of East Contra Costa County.
But now, about 3500 miles in, I have a huge unrepairable rip in my rear tire. I was riding home it it just went "boom." I'm not sure if I wore it out, or hit something that ripped it. Whatever the cause, it put an end to my commute home. I did the walk of sadness back to the college, pushing my bike (which is no where near as much fun as riding it) and waited for my sweet Tricia to come collect me with the car.
Old unloved tire installed, new tire on order, commute ready for the morning. Case closed.