Mom, Terry, Jim and I did the 57 mile Williams Hill circle Saturday. Jim’s a local rider who has taken a few rides with us lately and is making leaps and bounds of progress. It was Jim’s first time on Williams Hill, his first time past 50 miles I think, and by far the hardest bike ride he’s ever done. I was really surprised he even attempted it, and to be honest a little worried. I was hoping we wouldn’t need 911 before the end of the ride. That’s not a knock to Jim’s fitness but it’s a really hard ride, especially for anyone who isn’t used to climbing.
I don’t think anyone had any serious trouble on the ride, and while I know Jim was working really hard to make those climbs and mentioned his knees were hurting it looked like he was going to make his first Williams Hill ride without incident. Ironically I was the one with the incident.
My mom would say, that’s what you get for being Mr. Cool, and I was definitely being Mr. Cool. We were nearly home and decided to take a new section of highway that is not yet finished. There is a bridge on the road still a few inches higher than the incomplete road surface. As we approached the bridge Terry said he was going to get off and walk over the ledge. I said, “This is easy guys I’ve been through here several times, just pop your front wheel up and move forward so your back wheel has less weight on it. Watch how easy it is.” I approched the ledge and began my front wheel lift, now this is something I do very regularly both road and mountain biking so I wasn’t even thinking about it, I slipped a bit and didn’t get a good lift. My front wheel hit the square edge of the concrete and blew out, then my back wheel slammed into and also blew out.
I expected to have two very bent rims but found that only the intertubes suffered. The concrete edge was very sharp and resulted in front and rear pinch flats. I was really surprised because i do this move all the time, earlier on this ride I had used the same move to lift my bike up a curb and it was super smooth. I rode the bike home on the flat tires which was only a half mile, something I normally wouldn’t do, but I was disgusted and couldn’t fix both anyway. Thankfully Terry never rubbed it in as he rode beside, though he did mention how sharp that unfinished concrete is several times.