…You sit back (take a picture) and admire what is probably the cleanest, nicest innertube patch job you’ve ever done (and trust me I’ve done scores and scores over the years):

Backstory: Just before setting out on Tuesday’s river ride, I noticed the business end of a goathead thorn buried into my fully inflated front tire. I debated pulling it and dealing with the flat right there, but instead left it alone hoping it would stay put and continue acting as a plug.

It did, giving me hope that maybe its tip hadn’t breached the tube.

The next day when I de-river gunked my bike I found the thorn and yanked it. Air immediately pssssssh’d out.