Is it just me, or is there something wonderfully reassuring about being able to mend a puncture on a bike, (even when it’s the back wheel of a geared bike!)
I love the fact that puncture repair kits worldwide contain exactly what you need to get the job done, in the tiniest of boxes, in exactly the right quantities.
- A crayon, to mark the hole
- Some sandpaper, to sand down the area around the hole so the patch sticks better
- A variety of different sized patches
- A tiny piece of chalk to grate over the patch once placed to stop the glue sticking the patch to the tyre
- And the piéce de résistance… a tiny grater to grate the chalk over the repair
(Can anyone tell me how to do a ‘grave’ accent over the e?)
And there is sufficient in the box to fix at least 3 punctures!
I tried to get my daughter to come and watch me repair the puncture this morning so i could pass on this long lost art from mother to daughter just as my dad taught me, but she ‘couldn’t be bothered’. That makes me sad. Being able to repair a puncture is a really rewarding skill. I remember repairing one once on the side of the road on the way into town (Dublin) I could never have afforded to pay someone to do it for me! I still can’t, and neither can she.