Well on the weekend just past I suffered an annoying little episode. Being one of the most capable riders from our BUG / cycling group the Western Sydney Cycling Network (WSCN) I generally always end up with the role of the 'tailgun charlie' or the sweep rider. Works on the principle if I have to stop etc its quite easy for me to catch up.
This created my lovely little problem on sunday morning. I managed to pick up a bit of glass in my front tyre and got myself a puncture. I'd already fallen back at this point as we were having one rider leave our group half way through and I was just saying goodbye. So I have a puncture, big deal, I've come prepared, I have two spare tubes, my levers, my pump, you'd think all I needed.
Well I did manage to get the tube changed over without a problem. Whipped out my pump, a cheap generic mini pump and find out the reasoning behind the saying you get what you pay for. I got two pained squeals of pumps out of it before it failed completely. I was vey upset as even though the pump was probably going on two or three years old it was barely ever used. Plus I was upset that I was now alone with no way to pump up my tyre.
So I tried calling the clubhouse to get the sag wagon out for me and no one was answering. So now I was facing a long walk back at this point. So I valiantly throw my bike up on my shoulder and start walking. Cue the smart arses. "I think you're doing that wrong"..... "I'm sure it's supposed to be carrying you mate" and so on and so on. Cue two very well intentioned passer bys on their bikes, carrying pumps for schrader valves only. Sigh, and keep on walking.
Eventually I heard the blissful tones of TISM blurting out "all homeboys are d*ckheads" I am getting a call back finally, the sag wagon is on its way.
Now the purpose of the story. I don't think there was one, its all part rant, part warning about cheap pumps and cheap comments and maybe even an inkling of the joy of having a backup for when all goes horribly wrong.
One last thing though is the joy of lubricant. After buying a new pump as I refused to touch the old one I calmed down and replaced its seal, still the horrible squealing, add a bit of lubricant to the barrel, all of a sudden its working better than the damn thing ever did.