Two years ago, David built me a fixed gear bike to use for commuting and to mix up my training here and there. We took our fixed gear bikes to campus, and inevitably, I missed a pedal which promptly sheered off half the spokes of David’s front wheel, sending us both over the handlebars into a heap of dust on the side of the road.
As we stood up, brushing away the dirt from our clothes, David waved to onlookers and said, “Don’t worry, she’s a professional!”
I’m reminded of this quote, because today I flatted on our group ride and had a spare tube but no pump with me. Before heading out to ride in the first place, I’d checked to see if my teammates had their pumps handy just in case, because I had forgotten my little pocket pump. Of course, I flatted on the fast part of the group ride, where no one has a chance to look over his or her shoulder.
I waited by the side of the road until a very kind group of Alto Velo riders stopped to lend a hand (and a pump).
“Now what lesson have you learned today?” they teased after helping pump the tube.
I turned a few shades of pink remembering David’s quote, knowing how well it applied to my current situation. They got a good chuckle out of hearing the story, at least.
As for me, no need to worry: I won’t soon forget my pump and spare. Besides, I’m a professional!
To the Alto Velo guys — you know who you are, and thank you!