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Road Tripping: The Dreaded Sting of Flatness

It was just about dinner time and we’d been out riding all day. Kenny and I were just finishing up our last pitstop, taking a picture of a Mail Pouch barn at the edge of the town of Romney, West Virginia. As I pulled out onto the roadway after Kenny I noticed his rear tire looked soft. I buzzed in on the Sena and said the dreaded words - ‘looks like you’re going flat.’

We pulled over on the side of the road near the mouth of someone’s driveway. Kenny put his Tiger up on the center stand and spun the rear wheel ’round. A nail. Damn.

Out came the Tire Plugger and the Slime compressor. Those 2 items are worth their weight in gold. They’re quick and easy and can get you back on your way in 10 minutes. When I think about all of the years I rode around without them, I realize just how lucky I was to not have needed them. Really lucky.

I’m not shilling for anyone, just passing along what we keep on hand in our sidebags. They’ve served us well:

As an aside – if there is someone obviously doing repairs on the side of the road and there is no oncoming traffic, it’s okay to give them a little space and move your car towards the center line. :-p

New Gerbing Jacket and a Pitstop to the Revzilla Showroom

For Christmas this year, much to my surprise I received a new Gerbing heated jacket. There was nothing wrong with my old one. Except maybe that it was slightly baggy and there was a heating element that ran across the boniest part of my elbow if it was bunched jussssst so. I’ll have to tip my daughter off to that since she will be inheriting the old one as a hand-me-down.

Now with their fancy-pants microwire you don’t feel any of the elements at all. How did I end up getting so spoiled?

Sometimes Santa has a little trouble with selecting the correct sizing. Totally understandable when you consider all of the good little girls and boys he visits each year. So – I opted to head to Philly to exchange my jacket an the Revzilla showroom.

Love that place.

Super-Extendo GoPro on a Stick Kicks Ass

Right before I left for The Void Rally, I picked up a new GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition. The 3+ is a pretty big improvement over my old Heros. The photo quality is great, it’s smaller than the old unit, has a remote and a light on the back showing its running (yay!) .

But my favorite part? I also picked up a telescoping extender arm from XShot.

We’ve all been there, right? You’re alone and want to capture a photo of yourself someplace but you don’t have a tripod, no timer on your camera, the old arm-out-selfie doesn’t capture enough of the view, or maybe it’s raining and your camera isn’t waterproof. Enter the GoPro on a stick!

I’m so crazy about it! It is the best $20ish bucks I’ve spent in some time.

There are about eleventy billion different extenders to choose from. The one criteria I used to pick one was to make sure that it collapsed small enough to fit into my tankbag.

Now with my new super-extendo stick, I actually carry my GoPro around in my purse all the time. I’ve been using on walks, while riding my bicycle and when I’m just out and about.

I’m in love :)

Gear Up: Sittin’ Pretty with Seat Beads

Things are about to get sexy up in here.

Two words: Butt. Beads.

Seat Beads from BeadRider.com

Normally using said two words together might make you chuckle nervously. Maybe even bring on a bit of a cold sweat. But, fear not. These butt beads are harmless. Unless you’re really accident prone, highly flexible or practice a lot. In which case? I probably don’t want to know about it.

The premise of seat beads is to keep some air flowing around your sittin’ muscle. This  is supposed to help to keep it cooler and extend your ride by relieving some of the discomfort that can come from a long day in the saddle.

Do they work? Who knows. I’ve read accounts of people loving, hating or being indifferent about them. The only way to know for sure is to give ‘em a whirl. A million cabbies can’t be wrong, can they?

How About You – Have you Tried Seat Beads?

Ziploc Upgrade – Small Watertight Box

I’m probably a little more excited than I should be about my small watertight box. (Sounds weird, I know.)

I usually carry my wallet and or phone in a Ziploc baggie and shove it in my pocket or in my tankbag when I’m on my dirtbike. A top notch waterproofing system for electronics, my bankcard and license, right?

I just happened to see this Outdoor Recreation box while I was looking for something else. With the Big Berkshire Aventure 2-day ride coming up, I thought – for less than $10 bucks, what the hell? It might be better than the baggie-method. Especially when the opportunity exists to fall over in things like:

and

IMPORTANT:
Product not intended to be submerged. Product is not intended for microwave or freezer use. Not for storing food or water.

I don’t know if I should worry about the fact that the label on the box says not to submerge it. Or microwave it. (Um, okay?) I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and hope for the best. Hopefully, having my wallet in the box will have the same voodoo as having all the correct tools or rain gear on the bike – I won’t need it.

You can pick up the box at Walmart (which I hate) for around $6 -or-  the cost of a box of Ziploc gallon sized bags.

Cross your fingers for me!