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.
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 my back tire (that’s harder… just so you know):
Pump up my tires :
I can’t do this
This is REAL-LY hard
Put some legs into it
Now I got it
Clean my bike:
Clean my 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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