|the bike is ready but is the rider?|
Today I decided to finally visit my neighborhoods expanded farmers market. It used to occupy part of a public parking lot but this summer it expanded to take up a city block that they close from 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday for the market. I had been meaning to check it out and also see if I might find some deals on organic produce so I decided I would finally get off my duff and go. Since the market is only about 5 blocks away it seemed like a good first ride, so I put some air in my tires, slapped on the panniers, blew the dust off my helmet and wheeled the bike out. And lo and behold I had not forgotten how to ride, it was actually fun to turn over the pedals and generate my own power. The bonus was pedaling again put a smile on my face.
|my haul and a soft bike rack|
|reflecting on a successful ride|
|blue duct tape! C'mon|
|new and blue and not saggy|
I also took care of some rear brake pads that had been bugging my friend.
|the old -dusty and worn|
|new pads in place|
Finally my nephew, who is about to start his Junior year of college, messaged me recently about looking at his front tire. As it turns out he has a low end - Motiv- mountain bike, perfect for campus use, but not great as far as the parts go. When I got my hands on the beastie I was able to diagnose that it A) had a front wheel in need of truing and B) the return spring on one front brake arm was shot, those two things conspired for some pretty serious brake rub hence his issue.
|give me a brake|
I thought I would need to make a trip to the used bike parts store but as luck would have it rummaging in my parts bin I was able to come up with a nice set of Shimano Deore canti's. After truing the front wheel and a host of other items like; cleaning and lubing the chain, adjusting the front derailleur so all 3 chainrings worked, wiping down the frame , lubing the seat post and stem and putting air in the tires the bike was ready for pick up.
|campus bike ready to go|
|Dude seriously put me back together already!|
Until next time ride, smile and repeat.