Fixing a Flat Tyre

Careering down a forest track, wind rushing, bumps and jumps coming and going, adrenaline pumping, then thumpity thumpity, swear word swear word and stop. My Giant mountain bike has a puncture, it looks rather sad now, lying on its side, the front wheel  lame, looking for all the world like a puppy with a sore leg.

Team mates arrive at the scene and after passing various comments about going too fast and other equally  useless  chat about showing off ( imagine, the cheek of it!) it transpired that 2 out of the three of us had taken a puncture repair kit and one of us  had a pump and that same one who had the foresight and wisdom to carry a pump also carried the knowledge of how to repair a puncture (smug grin whist writing this, can you guess who?)

repair kit

So there we were in the middle of a Highland forest somewhere on the Great Glen Way having a quick bicycle maintenance workshop.

Now for those of you that have repaired a puncture it will all seem pretty straight forward.

Wheel off

Tyre off

Tube out, find puncture by inflating, clean and rough up area around puncture with sandpaper, apply glue, apply patch, hold until stuck fast.

Tube back onmountain-bike-puncture

Tyre back on

Wheel back on

Re inflate tube

Away you go

And away we went, happily completing our trip and getting a feeling of wellbeing along the way for the challenges faced etc etc etc

Now would it be a proper blog post if I didn’t turn this into a simile for life? Or would that be a sermon?

Anyway the tube got a puncture when everything was going great, it felt flat and stopped doing its job. Because the tube was flat the whole bike stopped working and it  was only when everyone got together with all the right equipment, at the right time and place, with the right know how, did the right thing and set everything straight so the journey could continue as before but everyone learning a wee bit more…… nice ending…… if that was the end.

One of the issues with Parkinsons is that the  patch keeps coming off, no matter how well applied. The reliance on oneself and others to be around all the time with all the right equipement, time and energy to apply the fix is quite a demand.

How many flat tyres before the journey becomes a trudge? How many flat tyres before the trip stops being a challenge where we all learn something?

All I can say in answer to the above above is that I will try and repair as many flat tyres  as I can, I will always try and carry a repair kit and pump. There may be times when I hide a flat tyre from view. So in case i forget to thank all those out there who continually check on how well inflated I am, thank you, thank you all very much.

OK, so it all about me! Well it is my blog.  In all honesty I really do hope I get the chance to repay with a patch or two from my kit that will help you too.

So there we are at the end of another blog post, perhaps a little more gloomy than usual but I say this in the knowledge that there are patches being applied and people who wont tyre of applying those patches and that knowledge will stop the gloom in its tracks.

So back on the bike and lets get some speed up feel the wind rush on our faces, relish the challenge and if there’s a puncture I know there are more of you out there now that can help fix it.

great glen way


One Comment Add yours

  1. stephen213 says:

    I agree with everything you say but especially about exercise. I do a 75 minute gym session each week – 12 minutes on the treadmill each side of 17 minutes hard rowing and then 30 minutes on strengthening equipment. You reduce your risk of dementia by 45% if you exercise regularly but you need to exercise before you contract it! There are all sorts of studies of the benefits of exercise in delaying the progression of PD but fed have the will-power to do it even if they still have the capability. A possible alternative to exercise is fasting for a day or two or partial fasting (500 calories) on three days. This has some of the same effects in the brain as exercise does.

    I’ve never found anywhere a review of the science of PD, much less anything really credible but I don’t despair ….. yet. We need to understand what goes on in PD if we are to advise people on treatment and behavior. There is, for example, no proper basis for specifying a necessary exercise regime.

    (I’m 74, diagnosed in 2010, no tremor, no dystonia)


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