Sunday I got my shit together and decided to fix that flat (new game show?)! I had to find a wrench to get the tire off (which, I didn't realize at the time of flatness, I don't have in my bag either...time for more tools) and then slammed it around for a little while trying to get the tube out. I had success in the end, and felt pretty good. So good that, after that was over and done with, I got out in the chill of the morning and cleaned that bad boy and lubed up the chain . He's looking pretty spiff at the moment, and I think we're both feeling like a new...being.
Thanks Homewood Cycles dudes for teaching me how to treat my bike right!
I'm thinking about getting some of those CO2 cartridge things. Does anyone out there use those and think they're worth it? The biggest problem I have with this whole biking thing is the amount of money I'm having to shell out. grumble.