This morning brought temperatures in the mid 50's and cloudy skies, perfect for a fully loaded test ride out to Rainbow Oaks Restaurant for breakfast. It felt wonderful cruising through the canyons at 40mph and all systems were normal.
On the return ride from breakfast, I heard a loud pop while riding downhill toward Escondido. I figured it was a rock I'd hit at an angle but by the time I reached town, it was squirmy and my speed had decreased. A cursory glance revealed a complete flat and a screw embedded in the space between the tread. This was my second flat tire/puncture in 26k MI of Ruckus travel.
My Stop-N-Go Tire Repair Kit made quick work of the patch. I aired it up with my miniature slime compressor and was back on the road within 15 minutes. Having a solution to a flat tire can be the difference between a tow/ruined ride or miles of smiles. Semper Paratus!
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 59'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.