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post #1 of 1 Old 05-22-2007, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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My first flat

We left the Bay Area on Saturday morning. Our route:

-Los Gatos to Manteca
-Manteca to Bridgeport, via 108/Sonora Pass
-395 south to Mammoth Lakes, stayed there Sat. night
-395 south to 9 Mile Canyon Road
-9 Mile Canyon Road through Sherman Pass
-Western Divide Hwy. (107) to Ponderosa
-Stayed the night in Quaking Aspen
-190 west to Porterville
-West to 41/46, the James Dean Memorial Intersection in Cholame
-North on Cholame Valley Road to Parkfield, Earthquake Capital of the World
-North on Parkfield-Coalinga Road (dirt) to 198
-198 north to 25 north to Hollister, 101 north home...

So, on 101 north home (about 20 miles from home) my bike starts weaving pretty badly. Since we had a very, very strong head and side winds, I chalked up to that.

I'm in lane no. 2 as a car pulls up next to me in lane no. 1. The passenger is pantomiming viciously, and I finally figure out that she's telling me I have a flat tire!

So I pull over on Coyote Creek Golf Dr, and lo and behold, it's flat (stock Bridgestone tire on '06 1K). I had never experienced a flat mcycle tire so it was interesting to see that it really doesn't look flat, but low on pressure. I pulled out the gauge and sure enough it had 0 psi.

As I'm about to get a can of fix-a-flat out, two Freeway Service Patrol trucks pull up, get out the tank of compressed air, and fill me back up. It held, and I was off on my merry way.

I didn't check it this morning so I don't know if the tire went flat again. If it didn't go flat, that will be strange, as I wouldn't be able to explain how it lost all that pressure without a puncture of some sort.

Anyway, my first flat. Fortunately, it occurred on a straight piece of highway, and not in the twisties I was in (as listed above).
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