My luck works best when I push it the hardest.
Those are words that I have lived by my whole life. Of course, mom never liked this approach, but it has served me well. The only problem is that every now and then, I get stung.
One thing that I did not consider when I picked the bike that I choose for this trip was the availability of the proper tire. I’ve never had to consider this before, but then, I always used bikes for their intended purpose. Now I’m getting nervous.
My bike has 17 inch wheels in the front and the back. It came with 17 inch tires for the street, not for the mud, sand, dirt, rocks, and mountains that we will be riding for 2500 miles. Riding without a “Knobby” tire will probably be impossible. So I have to get a set of these tires. The only problem is that they are not available. At least not yet. I’ve posted on many online forums, talked to lots of friends, and called in every favor I was ever owed. I knew I was doing a good job of reaching out for help recently when a tire vendor came up to me and told me that 5 different people had called him on my behalf.
The story came back the same from every direction. The tires have been manufactured in Europe, they have been put in containers, and shipped all over the world, and they are on boats now. Once they hit the shores, they are stuck in customs for as long as customs wants to keep them, and then they get distributed to warehouses, and retailers across the country- in each of the countries they are shipping to. And I was powerless to speed this process up at all.
So I wait, and search online every day, and make more annoying calls to people I think might be able to help, and wait some more.
I considered buying a different bike, with different sized wheels, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to wait… and continue to push my luck!