It has been a bad week on the bike! Monday I had a flat on the commuter bike as I left the office, but I put the spare tube in and was good to go, but there was a "clicking" noise that I could not identify on the way home, but I finally determined it was a broken spoke...not a big deal, usually. I took the wheel to a bike shop, and the rim was cracked, so I have to purchase a new wheel. My commuter is a very old bike with 27 inch rims, so it is really time to upgrade the front AND rear to 700C rims. Then, tonight, Mrs. Bicycle Bill and I were going to go on our regular evening ride to Palmer and back, and I had a BLOWOUT five miles from home! (Of course it was on the rear wheel.) I put the spare on, and my attempt to air it up with a CO2 cartridge was woefully unsuccessful. I'll never ride without a frame pump again. Mrs. Bicycle Bill rode "like the wind" back home and brought the car while I walked my bike two miles. She would have made it back sooner, but got caught by a train (of course)! Here are the photos of today's so-called "bike ride".