You Know You’re A Bike Geek When…

…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.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."