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For the first time since last fall, I managed to swim (x3), bike, and run all in the same week. It made me so happy, especially that one of my swims was in a beautiful (but freezing) outdoor pool. It doesn’t get any better than that for a zen-inducing swim. Add in volunteering at Field Day and the Garden Club, getting a flat (bike) tire in the middle of nowhere on Wednesday and being rescued by not one but two friends, and a couple of afternoons at the pool, and I’d say my tan is coming along just fine.


Words of wisdom from this week: If you get a flat tire on Saturday and use your spare tube to fix it (or rather your husband is lovely and fixes it for you), don’t play the odds that you won’t get a flat on Wednesday when you are without said spare tube. I played the odds this week and lost; I was, however, stuck (7 miles from my car) in a very beautiful location, don’t you think?

Anyone know where to buy Kevlar bike tires?

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  1. Posted June 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    No Kevlar, but out here in the desert, we fill our bike tires with slime. Not sure if that works on skinny tires or not though. :) We have so many thorns and prickly things out here, a tire without slime won’t last a day!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      This is the first time I have heard about slime, but Sara mentioned it too. I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks!

  2. Sara
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    (I’ve been lurking on here for a while, but as a triathlete who sews, it’s fun to know there are other people out there like me!)
    Slime does work in skinny road bike tires! And you can get pre-slimed tubes so you don’t have to slime them yourself! We learned about the importance of slime right after moving to Albuquerque and my husband and I each got 2 flats on our first ride out, thanks to all the goathead thorns out there! You can pick up several thorns in just an hour or two. The slimed tubes are bigger and a bit heavier, so they take up a little more room in a saddle bag, and you do have a weight trade off (if you’re one that nitpicks every fraction of an ounce in bike weight), but worth it to not get a flat on every ride!

    Also, not kevlar, but my husband is a bike commuter, and when we lived in Albuquerque, he put Schwalbe Marathon Plus 348 tires on his bike (in addition to slime) that made his tires pretty much bullet proof. Not the best for a road bike, though. He says the Continental Grand Prix 4000 S is your best bet for close to bullet proof tires a road bike (it’s the tire all the guys in his cycling club in ABQ used). These tires plus slimed tubes will go a long way toward flat prevention. Have fun out there!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      thank you for the tips! My husband is convinced I aim for things on the trail, since he rides as much or more than me and rarely gets flats. I’m going to check out slimed tubes, etc…

  3. Sandra
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Obviously I am not a biker; slimed tires sound disgusting, lol !! just so long as I don’t have to “slime” my sewing machine……(grossed out now….)

  4. Katie Blakesley
    Posted January 25, 2015 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    thank you so much for your note!

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