It has been a while since I rode on my own bicycle. One of the little back chainwheels was broken. Easy to fix, you say. And that was the case after I knew how to do it. But I needed some advice from a new friend who is half a bicycle repairer and because we’re both busy it took a while (and I could borrow his bike, so I was out of need as well).
Now she rides again, but I would’ve liked to say, like a charm. But I can’t, because the chain, front chainwheel, cassette and the other little back chainwheel are worn out. I got the advice to wear it in with the new chainwheel, but I want the replace it, because it is far from smooth. And what is nicer than a smooth ride? I wouldn’t know!
Before I would not bother about it and would have gone to a bike shop and get it fixed. But those days are over, I want to do it myself from now on. Because on the road I want to be able to do it myself. Naturally I can repair a flat tyre, but I’ll like to broaden my field, because my bike has more parts that can snap, wear out, break, fall off, tear etc. I just can’t believe that Anne Mustoe cycled around the world twice and didn’t even know how to fix a puncture and she took pride in that as well (in that I can definitely see the humour)!
Anyway, to be honest, I was never really interested in the technical part, also because I won’t say I am very handy. But that has changed! I am very interested now (unfortunately I still got two left hands, that won’t change). So I’m really looking forward to roll up my sleeves, put the bike upside down and get started. Today I bought the stuff and tools for it, tomorrow I’ll ask about the know-how and get started. So hopefully my next blog post (or just a picture) will be with new shining metal. I am curious to find out how difficult or easy it will be. In that way I am getting to know my bike better and better. And that just deepens our mutual love even more…