Tonight I needed to pick up some work materials from less than half a mile away ... so empty my panniers (COMPLETELY!!!), and go to my friends, have a cup of coffee, and out of the house to find the tyre flat and a drawing pin in it (and pump on the floor at home!!). So I pushed the bike home (does it do the tyre harm pushing the bike when its completely flat?), and then attempted to fix the puncture myself. Get the manual out - to read the instructions - stumble at the first block... I can't release the quick release lever... OK get hubby to just do that... then I managed to locate and fix the hole reasonably fast - though getting filthy from the muck on my wheels and spokes. Then the really hard bit ... trying to get the tyre - Marathon one - back on ... I couldn't do the last 8 inches ... I had to get hubby to do it again. Is there a knack for getting the tyre back on (other than developing some more muscles)? I don't think I would try doing it beside the road as it would be a waste of time if I can't get the tyre back on.