Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Empowering Myself

Today I FINALLY decided to empower myself.  Actually, I can’t even take the credit because Julie made me do it.  I’ve had my bike since 2006 and I’ve not once done any of the “work” on it.  I’ve never pumped a tire, changed a tire, cleaned it… Do you get it?  NOTH-ING! 

I’m ashamed to admit that I was pretty much helpless when it came to anything going mechanically wrong with my bike.  That all changed tonight when Julie and I went to a bicycle maintenance class at the Bicycle Sport Shop.


I have always meant to go to a class, but it is just one of those things I never got around to doing.  I’ve heard people say before, if you can’t change your own tire you have no business being on a bike.  I always knew in the back of my mind that was kind of true.  If you ride long enough, eventually you WILL get a flat tire and you better learn how to change it or hope a your cab driver has a bike rack. 

flat tire repair class

Everyone meet Al.  He lead the group of the clueless people four ladies and two “older” gentlemen. 


I couldn’t possibly go over everything that he went through in the class, nor would you want me to.  I would have to refer to things as this thingy-ma-bob and that thingy-ma-jig.  If you’d like a detailed PDF of the class click here for the link. 

Even if I don’t know the names of everything, I definitely learned some things along the way.

I can now successfully remove my front tire:

remove front tirefront tire off

Remove my back tire (that’s harder… just so you know):

back tire removalbike tire off

Pump up my tires Smile

tire pump

I can’t do this

bike pump2

This is REAL-LY hard

bike pump3

Put some legs into it

bike pump4

Now I got it

Clean my bike:


Clean my chain: 

cleaning chain

I can do these things ALL BY MYSELF!  I feel like such a big girl now!  Go girl power! 

I still need to get the proper tool to remove the tire from the rim.  Stay tuned as I’ll let you know when I do that.  It should be good for a few more laughs.  I just wanted to do what I could now, while it was still fresh in my mind.  I even taught George a thing or too! 

I encourage everyone to look into their local bicycle store and see if there are any free bike maintenance classes.  Heck, even if you have to pay, it’s totally worth it.   I feel so empowered. 

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Feener44 said...

i always try to get my hubby to pump my tires up and he yells at me that i need to learn all the stuff.....

Gran said...

Nice Job - movin' on up!! xoxox G.

Ronald Obringer said...

now that is a great class! make sure when you adjust the thingy-ma-bob you don't forget to put the whoozy-whatsit back in the off position.

Amanda Schaefers said...

walmart sells a nice little kit that has a hand pump and a tire patch kit, including the tool you need to remove your tire. I think its $15, and the pump comes with a mount as well so you can mount it to your bike. I think its made by Bell.

Tri4Success said...

Funny - I won't even pump up my 9yr old's tires unless he correctly tells me what pressure they should be. My wife first joined me for a bike and chain cleaning session probably a month or 2 ago. Until then, it just "magically" stayed lubed.

Runner Mum said...

Oh I so need one of those classes! Last time I got a puncture, my husband tried to teach me how to change the inner tube, but really i just watched him do it and forgot it all afterwards. I am hopeless. Well done for doing it yourself!

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