I was feeling more confident after my first cycling lesson so I decided I would go for an actual ride on the road.
I parked, hopped on Lexa, and headed out along the coast.
As I was riding, there was suddenly a loud popping sound and I heard Lexa's rear tire deflate. The tire was flat like a pancake.
I looked around and saw what appeared to be the culprit, a menacing looking white rock with a wide, sharp edge.
They propped Lexa up on a bike stand and removed her rear tire.
They seemed impressed by the severity of the damage. The tire was sliced horizontally and would need to be replaced.
I managed to find a 650c tire in stock at Jones Bicycles in Belmont Shore so I headed back over the bridge.
At Jones Bicycles, they had two replacement tire options. A standard tire for $14.99 and a Continental Gatorskin tire for $49.99.
A half hour later, Lexa was a whole new Lexa with a $50 Kevlar rear tire.