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On my way out of town today, I got a flat just after turning on to Jay rd. After 1 minute or so of separating the tire from the rim, a high schooler stopped on his walk home just to make sure I was O.K.. "I've got tools and a pump at my house if you need it." I had everything I needed, so I thanked him and he went on his way.
As I'm pumping up the new tube, a cyclist cruises by and earnestly asks If I need help. Once again, I thanked him. After I finished pumping, I pull the pump off and the valve snaps. PSSSSSSSSS... Things just went from dandy to crappy. I now have two useless tubes, no phone, and I'm about to start walking. 30 seconds pass before an older man commuting home from work passes by. He offers his help, and I shyly tell him I need a road tube, but by the looks of his bike he probably wouldn't have the right size. "No problem, my house is right around the corner and I've got plenty." A few minutes later he returns with a tube, and I ask what I can do to repay him. "Just stop by my work (boulder beer) and try some of our beers." You don't have to ask me twice!!
So I finish pumping up the new tube, and CAREFULLY remove the pump. Good enough to ride on, I thought. As I'm packing up the numerous tubes and debris scattered around my bike, another passing cyclists offers his assistance. "If you need a floor pump, I'm 5 houses down." Couldn't hurt to bump it to a comfortable 100 psi. I cruise over and use the pump, and tell him about my misfortunes. "Do you have a spare for your ride?" I told him theres no way, I already accepted one free tube from a good samaritan, and I'll survive the ride without one. "Seriously just take it man, 'cause as soon as you pull out of here without it, you'll get a flat." He practically forced it in to my hands, and I rode off grinning ear to ear.
This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me love this town, and reminds me how lucky I am to be in such a great place. Today also put me in quite a bit of karma debt, so if you need any favors....