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From now on, February 17th will now be known as International Tube Patching Day. This is the one day a year that you take all those punctured tubes you collected over the year, and patch the ones that are able to be repaired. This year, I had 13 tubes, 15 punctures (damned thorns during MTB rides always got me before I went tubeless)

The largest portion of tubes this year was Road, with eight tubes. Surprisingly, I didn’t have a flat since July… so I’m thinking I used several of these tubes on the cross bike too. There were three cross tubes, and two MTB tubes to count them all up.

Bicycle tube patching inner tube

inner tube repair patch

Instead of buying like ten of the little Park Tool patch kits, I ended up finding this, and it has lasted 2.5 years. http://www.dealextreme.com/p/bicycle-tire-tube-repairing-patches-with-glue-26263 Can’t beat it for $3.37 shipped.

 

Oh, also in international tube repair day, it is a good idea to perform some maintenance on your pumps, whether it be frame pump, floor pump, or mini pump.

At Trek’s price of $6.99 a piece, I theoretically saved myself $96.32. That’s a set of tires! See? It’s worth patching!

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My Buddy Dave Burns had this to say about the subject of birthday rides:

Isn’t it mandatory to go for a ride on your birthday? Something like a mile for every year?

Well, I took his advice!

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All in all, 28 miles, eventhough it’s my 26th. Good times. Do you guys go on Birthday Rides?
P.S. It’s November and still warm enough for road bikes!

 

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I’ve been posting things at least once a day on WV Cycling’s Facebook page. If you are the kind of person who wants to vicariously indulge in everything wvcycling, then this will be for you! I’ve also been doing a bumpersticker contest where people can win one of my new bumperstickers by correctly naming the location of which I took a photo of. So far, Michael Martin and Jared Yates have won one!

Link? http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling

 

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Found this Team Card set at the Goodwill for $0.25 and had to buy it. Trading cards of an American cycling team, with all of the legends on it!

Tags (add a tag)      * motorola[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * cycling[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * team[x]     * lance[x]     * armstrong[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * frankie[x]     * andreu[x]     * andy[x]     * hampstein[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * eddy[x]     * merckx[x]     * phil[x]     * anderson[x]     * norm[x]     * alvis[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * thomas[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * bay[x]     * bishop[x]     * michel[x]     * dernies[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * ken[x]     * hashikawa[x]     * kai[x]     * hundertmarcksteve[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * larsen[x]     * christophe[x]     * mann[x]     * greg[x]     * moens[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * jan[x]     * schur[x]     * maximillan[x]     * sciandri[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * bjorn[x]     * stenersen[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * sean[x]     * yates

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motorola, cycling, team, lance, armstrong, frankie, andreu, andy, hampstein, eddy, merckx, phil, anderson, norm, alvis, thomas, bay, bishop, michel, dernies, ken, hashikawa, kai, hundertmarck, steve, larsen, christophe, mann, greg, moens, jan, schur, maximillan, sciandri, bjorn, stenersen, sean, yates

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Look what just came in the mail!

$2.00 Shipped ($1.50 if you see me in person)

9cm x 25.5cm (3.5″x10″)

Highly detailed, printed on 5yr glossy vinyl.

Looks great on your beater bike, local bike rack, your tool box, car, etc.

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If you are a bike shop in WV that would proudly display my sticker somewhere, I’ll be happy to send you one free of charge, as long as you send me a photo of it applied in-store!

 

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