I was nervous about changing the tube on my bike since I had never taken the back tire off a bike with a bunch of gears and a derailleur. The process turned out to be easy peasy. What a relief!
Before leaving for the bike shop I jotted down the information on the sidewall of the tire. I figured knowing this would make finding the correct tube a lot easier.
28 - 622 (700 x 28C - 28X)
While heading over to BikeWorld in West Des Moines I pictured myself standing in front of a big display of bike tubes, confused, and searching for the right tube. Fortunately, after walking inside the store I was greeted by Bif who asked me what I was after. I explained I needed a new tube, showed him my note and told him what kind of valve stem the tube had. “Be right back!” he said, and was off to find what I needed. What great customer service. I wasn't expecting someone to go get the tube for me.
He was back in only a couple of minutes with the right tube. I asked him what all the numbers on my note meant. He explained that the second set of numbers are the best ones to use. The first number is the size or diameter of the tire and the second is the width. Both are measured in millimeters.
After my quick bike tire lesson and paying for my tube I headed back home to finish my project.
With it being a cold day I brought my bike indoors for the job. While it warmed up I watched a short video from the folks at Bike People explaining the process of taking the back tire off and another one from Skunk River Cycles explaining how to fix a flat.
Following the steps from the videos I quickly had my bike back in working order. Despite the 30 degree day outside I couldn't resist taking a quick spin around the block to try out my new tube. It felt good to be able to ride my bike again and even better knowing how to fix a flat. Easy peasy!