Consider this a short postscript to yesterday's entry concerning technology and tires. Less than twenty four hours after I wrote about my Continentals going 2000+ miles with one flat, there I was fixing a flat rear tire in the pouring rain and fading light tonight. Now, who's to say these tires don't run the table for the next 2000 miles, they might.
For clarification it was my full-fendered single speed Trek wearing Continental GP 4 season tires that had the problem, and not my Enigma with the new GP4000S rubber. A couple of notes. One, there's nothing dirtier than changing an aluminum tracked wheel in the rain. My hands made me think of the coal pits in How Green Was My Valley. Go fetch Dai Bando. Two, it had to be the rear, where there's so little clearance with the fender I needed to loosen the Alfine tensioner to get the wheel back in. SOB.
Not wanting to do it twice, I took great pains to check inside the tire for whatever caused the puncture, but found nothing. By the time I was rolling again, it was completely dark. Thanks god for those Knogs and Dinottes, at least the cars could see me even if I was having trouble seeing the road in the black downpour.
Quite a night. First thing tomorrow I'll double check the fix before heading out for what's looking like another rainy day.