Our ride on Sunday 9th November was a 6-mile circumnavigation of Seaford, using quiet roads and bridleways. Starting at the Martello Tower eight of us rode eastwards along National Cycle Network 2. At the top of Exceat Hill we crossed over to Stirling Avenue where we got our first puncture – Brilliant! I’d been waiting for this to happen so I could demonstrate how practice can make puncture repairs relatively easy. The puncture was fixed nice and quickly and we checked the inside of the tyre for sharp objects; we also checked the tube for a second puncture. What do you know – there was a second hole in the tube. This often happens, so it’s well worth checking for multiple holes. Both punctures were repaired using self adhesive patches and an offending thorn was removed from the tyre. We set off again up the bridleway to towards the Alfriston Road. At this point we had the option of heading back into town but the group were OK to carry on, so we continued heading North along the boundary to Rathfinny Farm. Before we got there we had another puncture. We couldn’t have planned this better – what a great way to consolidate what we’d learned from the previous experience. This time we fixed the puncture with patches and rubber solution while talking about the options to prevent punctures: puncture resistant tyres; placing kevlar or plastic barriers between the tyre and tube; self-sealing gloop; don’t ride over thorns. The second puncture was rapidly fixed so we continued to the top of Blatchington Golf Course before taking the long descent to the top of Firle Road and back home.
Next weeks Sunday ride is an intermediate route of 13-miles, mostly off-road on grass and bridleway. Allow two and a half hours. Details, as always, are in the calendar.