Thanks for the bell, she hollared at me while speeding on by. With a smile on her face, hiding under those, so very Jackie-O shades of hers.
I don't know her name or what her story is, but not even 10 minutes had passed since I had tagged her bike with a shiny new bell along with my biz card. In fact I had tagged 3 other bikes in the downtown area over the past 40 minutes.
This is the first occassion that I had received a verbal confirmation of my good deed. The mystery lady was obviously quite pleased with the tiny gift. Knowing that I helped to give her day a positive boost is rather satisfying.
My donating escapades shall continue next week. Perhaps your bike will be freshly adorned with a shiny new bell soon. Happy cycling.
Today marks the day of the first of many free 5 minute wrenchups here at Mike Fix My Bike.
I am giving free adjustments to any one part of a bike, but limiting it to just 5 minutes.
That could mean getting one wheel straightened, perfecting the shifting of a rear derailleur, lubricating a nasty dry chain etc. You get the idea.
Drop by between 11 am and 1 pm. Free water to keep you refreshed.
I've said before that a major reason for me keeping my toes in the bicycle service business, is the interactions I have with the cyclists who I meet.
This week has been no different.
Wonderful folks like Paul stopped in with two bikes for repair, Jim brought a second bike in for a tire upgrade, Chris needed help with a puncture, Russell and Rebecca visited today for a much needed tune up and a new chain.
All of these fine people have been a pleasure to serve.
I look forward to seeing them again anytime in the future.
Another thing that enamours me to serving the bicycling public, is when I have more than one client in the shop and they start chatting with each other. The term "it's a small world" comes to mind as the conversations start to roll and we learn of how people in one area of the county are so very familiar with their neighbours and the history of the area.
Good for you Paul and Brian for making a connection, while visiting Mike Fix My Bike.
Many thanks goes out to Jean and Ross for coming in all the way from Campbellford. Jean, the sign you painted for me (completely out of the kindness of your heart) looks terrific. I'll be deciding where to hang it in the coming days.
Jim, I look forward to hearing how much your wife enjoys the spiffy new tires on her mountain bike. I'm sure she will find the time to ride a lot more often.
More stories to come in the future.
Life at the bike shop
Mike Taylor is a cyclist, mechanic, parent, photographic artist and healthy lifestyle enthusiast. Stop by often during the warmer months to see what is happening around the blog.
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