anyway, major bummer cause those are my tubulars. and i don't really have clincher wheels. for some reason, i sold those clincher wheels i won during goldsprints, and now i am really re-thinking that sell. i figured: fred made me these awesome tied and soldered wheels on some old matrix rims, and that was enough to have. and now a year later, i get two flats and am rethinking that sell. where did that $300 go anyway? into the abyss of my bank account.
how often do you replace those things anyway? i rode on them a year-- was i due for a flat? or was i short changed with some extra tread wanting get worn away. typically, i like to run my tires right down to the casing - ask brian peterson. some call that stupid, some call that economical.
speaking of economical, i begged steve pelaez for his old tires. and steve owes me because: a) he didn't beat kieran in the keirin, and b) he always eats my food at races. so he told me he is bringing his old tires for me friday night. then i thought about gluing them....
man, lets talk about gluing tubulars. i love fucking around with my bike and messing up everything up and creating a bigger problem than i started with. actually, i am the queen of tinkering things into worse shape... but tubulars kind of scare me to death to fuck up... i admit i have little sense when in comes to mechanics, but i have sense enough not to try gluing tires by myself. i even watched the velonews demo- and decided i shouldn't mess around.
so fred has glued my tires before. but then someone told me they weren't on enough. plus, i haven't hung out with fred since mid-march, so i don't think it is really appropriate to ask him to glue my tires. and when i took one to the bike shop to glue last year, it was way more money than i had expected... and if i take two... yikes. i don't even want to think about it. at least i have some free used tires. what i really need is a boyfriend to glue my tires-- woe is me!
so as i am contemplating my tire dilemma and bumming out i don't have a boyfriend to glue my tires... i figured: dude, beth bikes! is famous. people should want to glue my tires! gluing my tires totally builds street cred. trust me. if i ask, i will have a waiting list of people to glue my tires.
unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
i put a nice request on facebook: "okay, who wants to glue pelaez's old tires on my wheels? i make an excellent lasagna (or other request), which is at least worth the astounding cost of getting a shop to do that."
and you know what kind of response i get? crap. nada. well someone wrote me some crappy haiku poem that had nothing to do with my request. i thought, maybe, if i write a cool haiku poem back, someone will be motivated to help a girl out. so i write:
glue, tubulars, fun
three layer lasagna- YUM
i need mastik one
but, unfortunately, my poem was no good.
so, my lovely blog readers....if you want to glue my tires, i will be very thankful. i am very nice. and i make a very good lasagna. (i can even provide you references for that if you don't believe me.)
and if you live in britain, no need to reply. i don't think the shipping is really worth it. and plus, the lasagna isn't good frozen from air mail.