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Flat Out Ridiculous

Tonight commenced the first annual Swim Bike Mom event: Me Change Tubes 2011.  

Okay, so I have changed a tire tube. Twice.  In my entire life.  I figured before the Oly race on Saturday, I should probably refresh. Yes, I prolly should have done this before St. Anthony’s… and also before Acworth on Sunday… but hey….

I put a bet out on the SBM Facebook page as to how long it would take me.  The responses were not very promising.

I won’t bore you with the boring tire-changing details.  Suffice it to say…. forty-five minutes later, I was covered in grease, the curse words were flying and I was almost in tears.

The back derailleur situation was absolutely befuddling.  And my C02 cartridge was apparently for a mountain bike, or a four-wheeler, or a horse (nice work, bike shop, recommending that to the dumb baby triathlete…bet ya’ll had a hearty laugh about that one)….but definitely, not for Antonia.

Thanks to the Expert for not mocking me too badly. I appreciate him shouting things like, “No, not like that” and nicely telling me to calm down, be a big girl and I need to know these things.  And also really pretty much telling me exactly what in the world to do.  Saint McExpert.

Turns out, I am very mechanically-challenged, and exceptionally Chicken Little.  I could have never been a surgeon.  “Nooooo, I can’t see the vein!! The blood! The bloooooood!”

But ole Antonia is tubed up.  And I am proud.  Not really.  I am mad that I am covered in grease.  Once a princess, always a princess.

The Expert said: Well, you don’t know if you’ve done it correctly until you ride it tomorrow.

Guess I’ll find out then.


  • Andrea

    August 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Nice job! I still haven't changed a tube & I am most certainly cycling on borrowed time. I did my first Oly last Saturday & my husband & friend told me to take my kit (tube, CO2, etc) off the bike because it was only added weight & if I got a flat I was screwed anyway. Well, I was lucky & had no flats but I wasn't too keen on riding w/o a tube. It just seems wrong but even our local tri coach tells us not to bother.

    Another thing I was told recently is to make sure to pump your tires before every ride to help prevent flats. I admit I am lax on that but will try to do better in the future.

    Good luck this weekend!!

  • BabyWilt

    August 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I fear for my life at having to change a tube, possibly why I am attacking my nemesis on hubbys turbo trainer …. less chance of punctures 😉

  • Karen @ working it out...

    August 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Nice job! I have changed a tube a few times but it was all in one sitting. Like you – in the middle of the living room – just "for fun" or the learning experience or something like that. Luckily, I have never had to do it out on road – I am sure that would be 1000 times more stressful.

  • Laurie

    August 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I had to change my tube the night before my first tri – it was very much a not-pretty experience, especially since totally dumb newbie I was I did not have a spare in the house. I went out searching but it was too late. Had to take one out of my husband's bike and pray it worked, lol (it did!)


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