Monday, March 27, 2006

Learn to change a flat

For the beginners starting to bike, I'd like to stress the importance of learning how to change a flat before doing a race. I'm not going to tell you how to change a flat here but I will give you an example of why you need to learn. Even if a race has sag support you still want to learn because you never know how many other problems, accidents, traffic issues are going to keep support from reaching you on the course. My brother recently did his first sprint tri and got a flat 3 miles into the race. Unfortunately for him he hadn't learned to change a flat before hand and didn't have the right gear (tube, tire lever, pump). The sag support never came by, but fortunately a volunteer came by to pick him up. Needless to say he didn't finish the race. Don't let this happen to you, grab a friend and learn how to change a flat, it should take less than 20mins.

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