I thought I was thoroughly kitted out for biking to and from work in any conditions. Lights for front and back of the bike; waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, helmet, reflective vest.
And then yesterday I was on Fulton Street on my way to the World Trade Center PATH station, and my front tire felt squishy. And a moment later, it was flat. And a moment after that, it was most definitely completely flat, entirely out of air. Fortunately I was close enough to the station to hop off and walk, and still have time to make my train.
On the train, I dug out my glasses and checked the tire, and found several pieces of brown glass still wedged into it. Thanks, whoever tossed a beer bottle onto the pavement.... One good sized gash in the tire told me there was no way the tube was going to hold air.
And I have no spare tire, not even a patch kit, and no tire levers on me. And no time to walk the two miles at the other end of the train ride. I had to take a cab to campus.