We Begin On A Flat Note
As we were unloading the Tour Easys from the van Connie noted that the rear tire appeared to have lost more air than usual during our regular re-inflation process. I was tempted to wait until the tire lost enough air to verify her suspicions but that was not necessary. It had dropped from its inflated pressure of 100 psi back down the 30-40 psi we had initially noted. Bummer!
So it was off with the rear wheel and remove the tire to find the hole in the inner tube.
Not So Fast!
Getting that tire off was a major undertaking. These bikes are outfitted with Schwalbe Marathons. As their website notes:
Marathon HS 420
The original. The archetypal high quality touring tire. Now completely revised:
GreenGuard. The highly elastic, India rubber layer is 3 mm thick. Other manufacturers
call such a tire “Plus”. However, Green is not just the colour, but also the philosophy:
One third of the GreenGuard is made up of recycled latex products.
„Anti-Aging“. The completely new sidewall construction can withstand for much longer
the typical cracking resulting from overloading due to insufficient inflation pressure. Also
the new Endurance Compound substantially increases durability.
E-Bike Ready. The new Marathon has been designed for use on all types of E-bikes.
The following sizes bear the ECE75 mark, suitable for use on faster, up to 50 kph,
If you have to count on your tire to get you through nasty urban conditions, this is the one you want to choose. We have minimal flats with these tires and for that reason when I suspect a flat I am usually doubtful. But this one was real. In fact the tire casing had been cut! Ouch!
We patched the inner tube and then booted the tire to ensure that the road debris did not find its way back inside the tire too easily. After waiting the required five minutes to let the glue bond the patch we re-inflated the tire and it held perfectly.
So it was time to get going.
A Change of Plans
The original itinerary called for us to ride south along the Fox River Trail to the Virgil Gilman Trail. From there we would head west to the Waubonsee Community College for a bowl of soup and a bathroom break before returning. But there just was not going to be enough daylight to perhaps make the round trip in safety, so we opted instead to head north towards St. Charles.
All along the way folks have been doing a very good job of decorating their lawns with goblins, skeletons, ghosts and other creepy thing in keeping with the Halloween holiday theme. And so it turned out that we were actually in luck. Not being able to travel south had made it possible to catch some very nice decorations.
We used the marsupial bridge just south of Geneva to cross the river and head up to 3rd street in Geneva. In downtown Geneva the streets were lined with tourists enjoying the ice cream shoppes and cupcakes and generally shopping in the areas boutiques.
Upon reaching Roosevelt Road we dropped back down to the river and continued northward along the eastern bank. We turned back after reaching the end of the Geneva stretch of homes along the Fox River and made our way back to the van.
Distance: 9.4 miles
Time: 1h 16m 25s