I can find invisible sharp objects on the road, ride directly over them and flatten a bike tire in seconds.
Flat tire #2 for me in 12 days.
This time we inserted "Mr. Tuffy."
It's a tough strip that goes into the tire that hopefully prevents sharp objects from penetrating the tube. At least that is what the package claims.
Fortunately, I married a man with a gift that compliments mine. I flatten tires. He changes them.
We're a great team like that.
I realized my tire was flat as I was strapping my helmet on to come home tonight. Fortunately, Nathan was on his way toward me already. He had a tube for my bike in his bag as well as the pump. I went with my flat-tire bike on a short walk to Tom's, a local bike store. We were going to stop there anyway on the way home but now we definitely needed another spare tube for the next time I blow out my tire (unless Mr. Tuffy comes through for us).
We changed the tube without any problems and we're home by dusk. Starving, but nonetheless safe and sound.
In case you are wondering- I haven't written about my first flat tire which was on Day 7. We were riding through downtown on the way to the grocery store after work. I wedged a small, extremely sharp piece of glass into my tire and it was flat instantly. At first I thought that we were just riding over some pretty big ruts in the sidewalk. But then I realized that I had my first ever flat tire.
Nathan, again, saved the day. Though I think, by now, I could change a tire by myself if I had too.