Went riding with a bunch of friends today to Squamish. Left my gf's house, went joined up a guy in Vancouver and then went to north van to join a couple more guys/gals.
Then left for squamish, the whole ride i felt a little uncomfortable while leaning but nothing out of the ordinary. Though it was just the road... .average speed was ~ +10.
Got to squamish and went in A&W for lunch after that came out and i noticed a shit load of pebbles stuck on my rear tire. Went in to take a closer look, for a second i was kinda impressed by how sticky my tire was but then noticed a cm long metal nail sticking out.... We just moved it and could hear air coming out..... HOLY FUCK.... tired pulling it and it just kept on coming... the damn thing was 3 inches long. The tire was going flat and that caused it to heat up and become extra sticky and pick up debris.
Now i was thinking thank god for not crashing but how will i get home. A friend offered to call BCAA since i dont have membership but then one of the guys came out and said he has a tire puncture kit... He took it out of his bike and plugged the tire right there in like 5 minutes. He also was carrying a portable pump so used that to pump in 30psi, enough to get to once of the gas stations there and fill it up to specs.
Cant be more thankful. First for not crashing on the highway, 2nd for noticing it when i came out as we were just gonna hop on the bikes and head to whistler. 3rd for having an awesome guy have the kit to plug the tire and 4th for not having a wonderful day get ruined.
Had an awesome ride and made tons of new friends hung out and ride pretty much till sun set... anyhow just wanted to shout out to everyone to be on a look out for such things and be prepared.... maybe everyone should carry one of these kits, i certainly am gonna go buy one.
I was fully suited up in my one piece leathers. Which led many to ask if i was hot... which surprisingly i was not. It was very comfortable as it was fully perforated and after such a scare im glad i always suit up when riding my bike. You just never know when something might happen.