There was an old woman who swallowed a fly!
Guess what I did on my bike ride this afternoon? Yes I did!
It was absolutely horrid. Yuk, yuk, yukyukyukyuk euuugghh….
The rest of my ride nearly made up for the horror of the fly. It felt perfect to be outside in the sunshine bowling along this little lane…
…to be able to admire this view:
and then to chance upon this dear little well in the middle of the road!
When I arrived back at home and told the Agent all about the fly horror, he said I was obviously cycling far too slowly and then bet me £2.00 my tyres were flat.
I couldn’t believe it – I’d only just prodded them the other day and they felt absolutely bursting with air to me. However the Agent tested them with the pressure gauge and snorted when he saw the reading. Then he gave me a massive lecture & I gather I am to test them properly with the pressure gauge every time I take the bike out in future. I felt too ashamed of my careless habits to confess that I had no idea how to do this. As soon as he had gone out, I googled for help and found it here at helpful BikeRadar :
(By George Ramelkamp | Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
Keen to try a bit of DIY bike maintenance but worried your ‘can-do’ approach might end up as one big ‘can-D’OH!’? Check out BikeRadar‘s top 10 DIY ‘Don’ts’ to keep you out of trouble.
Don’t ignore tyre pressure. Riding around with soft tyres can open up a can of worms, full of inconvenience, as well as dragging down your spirit and top speed. Always check your tyres before heading out on a ride; some thinner walled inner tubes can lose between 5 and 20psi a day. Either give them a squeeze by applying ﬁrm pressure to the top with your thumb or ping them with a ﬁrm ﬂick of the ﬁnger. They should produce a drum-like hollow sound and feel very ﬁrm when at the correct pressure. Use a good ﬂoor pump with an accurate gauge to get the correct inﬂation, then learn to identify by feel when you’ve reached that correct pressure, for those times you’ll be using your hand pump by the road- or trailside.
Gosh – I had no idea I risked so much, riding around with poorly inflated tyres. Can of Worms …inconvenience …dragging down my spirit and my top speed... What??? Thank you BikeRadar for putting me straight and telling me how to get my PSI sorted.
In a trice, I learnt that PSI means ‘Pounds per Square Inch‘ and the correct PSI is written on the tyre. I then applied myself to pinging and producing the required ‘drum-like hollow sound...’ on the Poppy Bike.
In a jiffy, the pressure gauge went from this:
Yours, feeling pleasingly competent (although £2.00 down),