I’ve had 4 flats on this trip so far. Every time I have one, I wonder why–especially when the 4th one happened, because at that point I had 3 flats in 2 days. I put new tires on the bike before the trip started, so my hypothesis was that I needed bigger tubes to match the new tires.
To find out what was going on, I went to Bayview Bicycles in Langley, Washington, a nice shop run by Michael Copenhaver. I met Michael a year ago when he invited me to do a book reading at his shop last summer. It was good to see him again, and it was great that he started working on the bike as soon as I walked in the door. He did a basic tune-up, and he put new rim tape and tubes on the tires; hopefully, I’ll be good to go.
I love my touring bike. It’s nice when someone who knows what they’re doing gives it some TLC.