A few kilometers down the Scheveningen fietspad and my tire went very quickly flat...
How did that happen? How did a nail get on a bike path that is heavily used by racing cyclists, day-trippers, beach-goers and tourists?
I bought a new tire and inner tube... and it fit badly on my new rim. There was a bubble.
I panicked and rode to my favorite bicycle store. Bump, bump, bump.
No, it's not the one with Diesel... although I do love him.
It's Bikelane, a store that sells new and drool-worthy bicycles, mostly high-end for racing, touring, and mountain biking. No used bicycles. I purchased my Brooks saddle there with last year's U.S. tax return.
They do repairs on some used bicycles (my koga-miyata, not my other crappy town bike, I would never take it there. Better to throw it in the canal) and are the nicest guys around. They fixed my broken spoke last year and dealt with me when I was crying about my steering column being bent by construction workers. (It took 5 seconds with an allen key to fix it but I was too emotional to figure it out.)
The owner noticed straight away that my present problem was that the tube wasn't inflated enough.
He helped me out so I promised to come back and buy a Santos.
Ha! Now I have to buy a Santos! YAY! My word is my bond. ha ha ha.