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Grateful for a bench when fixing a flat

Written October 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s nice to find a bench nearby when the rear tire of your bike suddenly goes flat and you have to change the tube. So I’m grateful to the family of the late Robert Stanley Hart for having caused this one to be set up along the Dave Clark Path.


One of the mysteries of life is this: Why is it usually the rear tire that picks up something that pierces the tube? Repairs would be easier and quicker if it was the front wheel that has to come off. But no, it’s usually the back, where you have to mess with the chain and the derailleur.

In any case, taking out the tube and putting a new one in is more easily done sitting down. So the availability of a bench is a great big plus.

The other mystery is why there are so many little hazards lying around, little bitty things sharp enough to cut through a tire and make a hole in the tube.

Often the culprit is a bit of wire. In this case it was what appeared to have been a staple. How the heck does a staple get into the street?

Just remember: If you’re going for a ride on your bike, make sure to take a spare tube, a pair of tire levers, and a pump. (hh)

That shiny thing had the temerity to lie on the ground and embed itself in this tire on Tuesday afternoon.

6 responses to “Grateful for a bench when fixing a flat”

  1. Mike says:

    Or a cell phone. :) That’s a good looking bench though.

  2. Ean says:

    Should go tubeless

  3. centrist says:

    Nice ride,nice bench
    Smart alec caption tied to a childhood memory
    Bikey got sick. Faw down, go boom

  4. Craig says:

    A public bicycle maintenance station would be great there.

  5. Terry Fuston says:

    OK why are you not using tires with the plastic anti-puncture strip built in and why though in a tube when a patch kit works better?


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