I got my first burst tyre on the Brompton on Christmas Day of all days. I went for my usual Christmas bike run taken first thing in the morning to offset the feeding frenzy of the day. It was very cold and still icy in the park so I stuck to the main road. In truth I did have the sense that the rear tyre was suddenly not a firm as when I had started, and I made a mental note to pump up tyres. On the second leg of my journey I heard a balloon like pop and knew it was the tyre so I immediately jumped off to stop any wheel rim damage.
The first time I get a flat tyre is on the one day of the year there is no public transport anywhere in London! Any other day I could have used my trusty Oyster travel card and got back to where I was staying. So I had a 45 minute walk back in the freezing cold.
Hopefully I can get to the bike shop either today or tomorrow. Some shops were closed due to the extra Bank Holidays we have this year.
I am still surprised about getting a puncture. Never happened before and I have cycled over some very dodgy roads in London for nearly three years.