Puncture repair kits and cyclists by the side of the road

I was out training around Stokenchurch and Marlow; and after several hill intervals, I was looking for a reason to take a breather.

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On a quiet country¬† lane near Frieth, I saw a cyclist walking along the road, not looking terribly happy. I stopped to ask if there was a problem. He replied a double puncture, and he was walking home to Marlow. That’s a fair walk when you’ve got cycling shoes, and even though it was a nice day – it was not something I’d want to have to do myself. I offered to give an inner tube to fix the puncture. I thought it would be a pinch puncture (a common cause of double punctures) but on removing the tube, I found it was actually a puncture patch not quite working. We threw the old tube away and put in the new one. The tyre was up an running in a few minutes (one of quickest punctures I’ve repaired). Peter (the chap with a puncture) was grateful to get his bike going again. He had just started cycling a few months ago, and was a bit inexperienced. But, enjoying getting out a few times a week.

  • My top tip is to always carry two spare inner tubes. Forget about a puncture repair kit. If you can buy new inner tubes for ¬£2 a go, it’s really not worth the hassle of repairing – especially when there’s no guarantee they will work when you need it. (also if it was raining or cold, who wants to fix a puncture by side of road?)
  • The other advice I’d give to newbie cyclists is – you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cycling, but money on good puncture resistance tyres is very worthwhile. Peter’s tyres looked pretty cheap (though very easy to remove from rim)

Just a few weeks ago, I was very grateful when a couple stopped to help me put on a tyre in Grassington (I’d had a double puncture and was really unable to fix it third time. So today it was nice to be able to return the favour to a fellow cyclist.

The good thing about buying 10 inner tubes for £20, is that it feels quite easy to give a few inner tubes away on the very rare occasions you see a stranded cyclist.

There are a huge range of cyclists on the road these days, and it’s nice there is a certain camaraderie amongst cyclists. It’s not a big deal to stop and offer a little help for a cyclist stranded by the road, but it gives a rare opportunity to offer a little help. If you saw a car broken down, I would just drive on. But, a cyclist walking by the side of the road will always grab my attention.

Perhaps it’s also believing in Karma. You help a cyclist – because if you were in that situation, you would appreciate a bit of help yourself.

Power PB

Apart from my good deed for the month, the other great excitement was setting a power meter reading for my favourite climb on Stokenchurch A40. I’ve been testing my time on this climb for the past 5 years (5% constant gradient. length, 2.5km, height gain 118m).

It’s a very rough guide to form. (with much effort I reduced pb time from 5.08 to 4.52 in past two years) Though times can vary by 20-30 seconds depending on the wind direction / temp e.t.c. This was first time I could record my power reading (average power for climb: 439 watts for 4.59. (watt /kg 7.0)

Next time I go up, I will have a power meter reading to compare! Though I promise this blog, won’t become full of my power meter readings and other statos.



5 Responses to Puncture repair kits and cyclists by the side of the road

  1. Roderick Boucher September 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    How about puncture repair kit, a pump, both types of adaptor, spare tubes and puncture resistant tyres ? A good deed well done though, and by a Dutchman at that, almost reminds me of a parable.

  2. ChrisPAmbulance August 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Someone in Stafford once even stopped and got my rear wheel sufficiently trued to allow me to get home.

  3. bsk August 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    “it feels quite easy to give a few inner tubes away on the very rare occasions you see a stranded cyclist”

    Unless, of course, you get a puncture just after that!

  4. Chris August 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I wonder if you could use the A.A. or R.A.C. after all, they do say that its the member themselves who are covered and not the vehicle.

  5. SuffolkCyckist August 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    There’s a Cyclists Help system now being operated and built up in my part of Suffolk.

    See this link:-

    http://suffolkbikeaid.blogspot.co.uk/

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