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Patching my inner tube, and a “ride-through”

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I patched my inner tube last night. The flat seemed to have been caused by a small glass shard I rode over, which was still embedded in the tire. I removed it. The inside of the tire feels smooth, so I’m hoping it’s OK.

I really don’t have a lot of confidence in my patch job — I used a glueless patch, and it seems to be holding for now, but I think it might be leaking slowly. It’s really hard to tell. I think I’ll probably replace the tube tonight just to be sure, and get some glue-type patches for future flats. Everything I’ve read says the gluey patches work better. Of course, I didn’t bother reading that stuff before I bought the glueless kind.

I usually make coffee at night and chill it in a pitcher, since I like iced coffee. I make enough for several days. However, I forgot I was out of coffee and didn’t make any last night. So I ended up going through the Starbucks drive-through (which I’m now calling a “ride-through”) on my bike on my way to work this morning. They were really cool about it and said they hadn’t had any cyclists ride through for a while. They didn’t even know that a type of mug they carry fits in a water bottle cage, and were interested to learn that.

4 Responses to “Patching my inner tube, and a “ride-through””

  1. furiousball Says:

    Those baristas are eager to please. What size does fit in there btw?

    Thanks for the Apache help last night chiefey

  2. Noah Says:

    I ride through the pharmacy all the time. There aren’t many ride-through coffee shops around here.

    I know it’s not available at Starbucks, nor is it just a mug, but this is the French Press I have (and where I bought it from) that fits in a slightly-bent cage:
    Bodum Stainless Travel Press

    And of course, the photo proof

  3. Pete Says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the patch job. I’ve had decent luck with the glueless patches. And hey, if it doesn’t work you get to practice your patching skills again!

  4. Marty Says:

    I think you should market that – a to-go coffee mug for bikers. Make it fit more snugly, and even give them a long straw to suck up their favorite java, should they want it.

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