Just had my heartbroken by my paves, after getting put to the sword by a piece of flint down in deepest darkest Kent. Instant puncture, do not pass go, do not collect £100. The one time I don't have my pump too. At least it hadn't been two hours riding in miserable rain, oh no, it had. At least I didn't have to walk potentially miles in old speedplay cleats with no covers, oh no, I did. I managed to borrow a pump from some very kind souls sheltering at the side of a lane, so I swapped out the shredded inner for a new tube, with a temporary boot covering the slash; all good for the next ten miles, until the unthinkable happened again and once again the tyre went bang. At this point, my phone taking inspiration from my spirit, gave up the ghost and decided to call it a day too, turning off well and truly. Thankfully a very kind person and their daughter took pity on me and gave me a lift to Orpington station, as I tried to make chat all the while dripping wretchedly away on the back seat. I felt like a bad pooch.
As soon as I have a replacement tyre I will ride back down and give them some wine for their troubles. Now back home and licking my wounds, I'm trying to decide whether to buy more paves, and accept that any tyre probably would have succumb to flint like that, or whether there is a better alternative. I'm just a sucker for the green paves.
TLDR: paves vs alternative vs flint. Who wins?