Got a BTOB story from last night.
I feel like I have a lot of puncture repair experience. I've had very few in the past few months, then got two within 2km yesterday, in different tyres. So on my way out east this evening just before Blackfriars, just after the CS crosses over Embankment my new Durano Plus on the rear wheel goes, quickly. The forecast was not good with a long band of showers lined up with London which had already started moving in, so sheltered under an office porch area overlooking the cycle path. I put so much effort to get the tyre back on the rim that I was repeatedly out of breath from the exertion. Not matter how perfectly I eased it on, it just wouldn't go. I tried every method I know. first time I've ever given up. Started looking up how to boris bike, to ride back with both bikes. Started downloading the app, dejected. I'd had a little rest so while I waited tried one last time, using the heel as lever method. It started going on! Then I noticed a tiny piece of inner tube peeking out from between the rim and the tyre bead. Was wedged in so hard that I struggled to get the tyre off to release the inner tube. Somehow managed, and then miraculously got the tyre back on. Tried pumping it up, but instantly deflated - pinched. Resigned to getting boris bike, no ways my exhausted hands could manage another attempt to fix and change innertube. Spent 10min trying to enter credit card details unsuccessfully for rent bike app with shaky bloodied blistered fingers. Eventually realised I could do contactless, from a stand a mere 30m away. Can't believe how heavy they are. The first bike had awful gears so that I would slide off the front of the saddle when the chain would unexpectedly slip. Made it to Hyde Park Corner, swapped bike for a much better maintained one. Managed some quick bits especially downhill with all the weight, going areo tuck down hill at Holland Park, 36kph. Quite like the green front laser light to be fair. Next stop Sheperds Bush docking station and onto the home straight. Swapped rear wheel and straight back to Westfield. Forgot I was fixed twice in the beginning! Had two near misses on way back. Tailwind so when I braked, I couldn't control the momentum of the 30kg boris bike I was holding and the bbike handlebars went flying into my bar, nearly crashing me. Followed by a big pothole 50m down the roadss so the Bbike started bouncing around uncontrollably. It bounced too close for comfort so I threw it away from me, at about 25kph. People nearby thought there had been a crash. My bike felt amazing on the ride back into the rain and by then the flake of metal or whatever it was that had flown into my eye at the beginning of the way back was gone.
tldr: got a puncture, boris biked it back, no tag