So Sunday, I had this great plan for getting to my parents. I would bike to BART, ride to the station near them, and bike to their place. I had it all worked out on the schedule and Google Maps. All I needed to do was pump up my rear tire which was a little soft.
I attached the pump, and umped it up, then when I took it off, all the air leaked out. All of it; the valve was limp.
So Jennifer and I did the Zipcar thing, and had a wonderful time with my parents at The Englander in San Leandro. What made it feel even more authentic was the non-American football playing on the big screen. The only non-English thing was that it was Mexico and Italy playing. With lots of Mexico fans. The food was good and the beer selection was amazing. I told Jennifer we can got here for Monday Night Football in the fall.
So to make sure that I could get my bike fixed, we cut the visit a little short, and found a bike co-op just a block from home called Spokeland. For just $5, they showed us how to replace the inner tube on my wheel, including how to take off the wheel off the back without losing the chain. The only drawback was that they didn't have a tube in my size with a presta valve. They found a used/patched one that they threw in for free, and so after a ride home, I thought I was all set.
However, this morning the wheel was totally flat. So Jennifer is out looking or inner tubes for me today. We're going to get to get a couple so that we'll have a spare available.