Red menace

The intersection of Trails 341 and 342. I like to hang a left here
(because of course I do) and do a clockwise loop that tops out at the wilderness boundary.

There’s Revolution and there’s revolution.

With the masses otherwise occupied for May Day 2018, and all my rousing calls to action going to voicemail, I settled for a bit of the lower-case variety, pulling on the red-and-black Mad Dog Media kit, stuffing red water bottles into their cages, and rolling out for a short spin on the people’s trails.

Comrade Red Cap keeps the people’s air where it belongs.

There’s more than one way to lose a chain, and I know most of them. I lost one on Sunday after a rear puncture and got good and greasy (the Voodoo Nakisi has horizontal dropouts that open to the rear, and it’s easy to get filthy removing and replacing the rear wheel).

On Monday I punctured again, this time the front. It was a slow leak, like the proletariat losing political power, and I was able to make it home without overthrowing the bourgeois wheel.

But today, International Workers Day, went off without a hitch. Maybe it was the red valve caps.


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6 Responses to “Red menace”

  1. katholoch Says:

    Looks like beautiful weather and a great day to be on the trail! I’m jealous!

  2. Herb from Michigan Says:

    For sure the red valve caps have some bearing in this mystery of missing air from tires. Scotland Yard would no doubt deduce first off that things are “amiss” and question you throughout the nightlong on why? and where? you got these red valve caps. I thought I was really sporting it with yellow ones but now…well let’s just say you’ve really changed things up here and this will take some time to settle in. Red valve caps!

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Red valve caps! I gotta get some of those. Hope to see those trails up close and personal next month. Right, Herb?

  4. Herb from Michigan Says:

    I have a Ticket to Ride unless Southwest grounds their entire fleet. Weather finally shifted from winter directly to summer. Hit 80 today and my bike is telling me to drop the damn yard work and get spinning.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    I just wore my May Day shirt….

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Other than keeping the valve stem from chewing up the tube while it’s in the box, I’ve never understood the purpose of valve stem caps (or the little nuts that thread onto them when threadless valve stems work great) but if red ones make you happy and you enjoy removing and replacing them each time you pump up the tires, it’s OK with me. Meanwhile, we had a little bout of air loss the other day – the wife flatted, I swapped the tube out after checking for something pointy in the tire, only for her to flat again in a kilometer. My spare tube was put into use and we headed back home since there’s no way I’m going farther with no spares. The tiny hole in both tubes seemed to be pretty much in the same place though I never found anything pointy to blame it on…and the tube in there now is holding air nicely so far. Might have to pour a libation to the gods of inner tube air?

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