Throughout the years I've had the opportunity to work on a huge variety of bikes.
Ranging from a child's metal and plastic bike with training wheels, a $5000 road racing bike and even a tandem or two.
Each have their own personalities and technical challenges.
That's what makes this kind of work both challenging and enjoyable. It's certainly never dull or uneventful.
Case in point, yesterday Alex and his friend brought me his hand-powered trike. It's a recumbent style machine that is very close to the ground and is completely powered with a hand crank system instead of pedals for the feet. Alex and his friend (who's name I forgot) are both wheelchair bound, so using a foot powered bike isn't an option. This is a unique machine for me. I've never worked on one previous to this, but I have seen them in the medial.
The system to power the machine is basically the same as that on a bicycle, except for the fact that it is.... upside-down. Test drives give me an intimate idea of what the rider has to deal with as they power the unit, turn and stop. Two hand brakes apply stopping power to the front wheel only. Changing gears is a mind bending process for me as it is completely different from a bicycle. A rider needs to stop pedalling in order to change gears as the hand crank and the brake/gear leavers are mounted independent of each other.
This took a few tries to get it right, and I'm still not very smooth at it.
The legs as you may have guessed are not part of the function of the machine so they have to be kept out of the way. To stirrups, or foot rests sit astride of the front wheel. I'm interested to see the proper mounting and dismounting technique that it's intended rider uses. As a leg-powered person, I find it pretty unconventional in the manner in which I mount and dismount the machine. Not graceful by any means.
Since the shift/brake leaver is non-functional, it had to be ordered in and it will be about a week before I can truly put it through its paces. The adventure continues.
Spring is almost here.
You want to get out there and hit the road (or trail) but you never got around to preparing your bike for the new cycling season.
I know, you got busy, distracted, moved house, had a kid. Whatever it was, the bike prep just didn't get done.
Fear not. I'll help you out.
In the past I've had to invest a great deal of time and shop rags to get bikes of all ages to get back in riding condition.
This always involved the degreasing and degriming of the drivetrain.
Let me tell you how I go about it.
First of all, remember that keeping the drivetrain (anything that involves the chain) clean and free of road gunk, will improve the function of the entire system and lengthen the lifespan of all the associated parts.
In other words, a clean system works better and lasts longer. This in turn, saves you money.
Let's assume that you have not been riding in muddy conditions and that there is just a small amount of road dirt adhering to the system aided by a bit of sticky lubricant. In cases like these I will:
These are the general steps in getting a used bike back into proper riding condition during a tuneup.
You may have to do all of these steps or maybe just a select few. It depends on the severity of the dirt/grime/grease that you are dealing with.
A quick story; I have a client who thought it a good idea to cover his drivetrain with candle wax (to prevent winter rust). Granted, there was no rust, but the entire drivetrain had to be replaced.
Can you guess why?
The wax (being sticky) attracted a vast amount of dirt which then worked its way through the system and ground down the metals and plastic derailleur parts. This resulted in a $300+ repair.
Keep your drivetrain clean. (and stay away from the wax)
I'm going to make this post a short and sweet one.
I've told the story of this at least a dozen times so far. In this case I'll make it quick.
I'll break it down.
So, a bike was stolen, twice. Reported to the police, twice. It took a little serendipity and a need for a repair to get it back to its lawful (and extremely happy) owner. This was a 3 week process.
Suffice it to say, I am a hero in one man's eyes, and a complete piece of shit in another's. Sounds like it all balances out in my Karma bank account. Congratulations to Ian for getting his favourite ride back at last. Glad it all worked out for you.
If you take a trip over to Youtube to see the proper method on oiling a bike chain, you will undoubtedly see some guy (it's almost never a female) dressed in mechanic clothing in front of a work bench holding a can of typically available lubricant.
He will give you all kinds of technical details on why you should do it this way and not that. You will see one, two or three different brands of oil that he "highly recommends" as being the best for your kind of riding. Then he will remind you to "like" this video and "subscribe" so you'll know when he produces new ones.
Let me just say this, if you ride your bike on a regular basis and occasionally get caught in the rain/snow you will need to both clean your chain and apply oil. The reason to clean it is to remove all the crap that splashed onto it from the road or trail. That crap will get inside the chain and through friction, wear it out. Then you will have to replace it. Chains are not
When you clean the chain, you will (should) need to clean everything that the chain interacts with. Mainly the gears on the wheel, the derailleurs and the front gears. What you use to do this cleaning is up to you. Personally, I use a can of Varsol and a scrub brush and rags. Then I will hang the chain to dry and blow out any stuck gunk with a compressor (while wearing safety goggles) Don't do this sort of maintenance indoors if you can avoid it.
Yes, this means that you need to remove the chain from the bike. That's what I do but you don't have to if you don't want to. Having said that, if the chain is extremely dirty, have the chain removed and cleaned by a mechanic. Doing so will result in a much more thorough job. In some cases, I will remove the chain and leave it submerged in Varsol while I work on the other parts of a repair/tuneup or even leave it submerged overnight.
Case in point, recently a client brought in a bike that he rides literally every single day. This resulted in a staggering amount of dirt and grime clinging to his entire drivetrain. With the understanding that I would have to charge for the time to clean it, I removed all the parts and thoroughly cleaned the drivetrain. The end result of all that dirt was that the pulleys on the derailleur where destroyed. The teeth of the pulleys were ground down to points because of the friction action. Since finding pulleys for this specific derailleur was not possible, it meant that the derailleur had to be replaced.
Keeping your drivetrain clean is important, as was shown in this extreme example.
Lubricating the drivetrain is a simple task of one or two drops on the inside of each chain pivot, and a drop on all the pivots of the derailleurs. Then, for good measure, I remove the housing from the cables (while still on the bike) and grease them. This assures no rust will develop and gives a smoother cable action. My clients appreciate it. What's important here is 1: keep the chain and everything it touches clean, 2: lubricate all pivot points with bicycle-specific lube. (no, WD40 or sewing machine oil is NOT the proper choice) When in doubt, consult a mechanic. Like me. Okay, go riding now. Spring has FINALLY arrived.
For the past 6 years, business here at Mike Fix My Bike has been a strictly cash in hand sort of operation.
This year, I'm shaking it up a bit and offering clients the option to pay for services with Credit Card and e-transfer.
While this move forward is progressive, I am still in the infant stages of this technology so I would advise anybody who wishes to use one of these methods, to still be prepared to break out the cash. (just in case)
So, to give an overall picture of how I operate, the first step this season as a cyclist in Peterborough is to first, visit your favourite browser and type in the phrase: "bicycle repair Peterborough."
Then set up an appointment to have your bike looked over thoroughly. I'll give you an assessment on the spot with an estimate of the cost in parts and labour.
When we come to an agreement, I will take down your particulars and give you an estimate for time of pickup. You may want to leave a deposit as this helps in purchasing parts, it's also much appreciated early in the season.
As soon as the bike is ready, I will contact you with the full price minus any deposit you made. When you retrieve the bike, I will point out any interesting facts that I feel you need to be aware of and I will also make recommendations to you for keeping your bike in a healthy and happy state. You are welcome to bring the bike back at any time (during the day) if you are in any way concerned about its condition.
That in a nutshell, is how my service works.
Hope to see you here this season.
I might be a bit biased when I talk about why you (the consumer) should opt for buying a bike at a bike store, instead of a big box retailer.
After all, I did work in the industry for about 20 years. Most of it at a bike shop in a big city. With that being said, I also spent a bit of time working at a big box store, where I was employed by a guy who had the bike building contract. I would go into this store 3 times a week and assemble bikes as fast as I could, record the data and put the bikes in position to be delivered to the sales floor.
I had to be fast. I was only paid $3 per bike. Yup, you read that correctly. $3 per bike. Even if it took be 30 minutes or 55 minutes. Now what does that tell you about the quality of the work that comes out of those stores?
What it tells me, is that the bottom line is money.
It tells me that BigMart doesn't really give a damn about the cyclists at the end of the day. It cares about what the shareholders are going to think.
When you go shopping for that holiday or birthday bike, I hope you keep in mind this little story. Recall it when you imagine what that bike will be like as the rider takes to the street or trail the first, 2nd, 3rd time. Man, I really hope the brakes were set up properly. Hope the "assembler" was having a good day.
Do yourself a huge favour and drive right on past the SprawlMart and go to Bobs Bikes for your bike purchase. You'll be a valued customer and in return you will ride away with a properly assembled and maintained bicycle. Not a bbq.
It's a fact, that living in Canada means that we have to deal with winter.
With that usually comes snow. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm NOT a fan of winter. I don't ski, nor do I skate or play any winter-specific games or sports.
My exercise consists of cycling, walking or hiking.
I gave up the mountain bike scene just after college and have remained an ardent fan of road cycling ever since. There's just something about the feel of a smooth road slipping along under my skinny tires that pulls me into a different world. I simply can't get enough of it. Hard to explain to a non-cyclist. A non-roady.
Now that winter is at our doors again, I pretty well take the bikes off of the road unless an unseasonably warm day is upon us and I can find a dry strip of pavement. I hang my bikes up in the workshop and make sure that all is in order. I sweep, tidy up. Put tools away. Clean off the work bench and all the other things one does when putting a shop into hibernation.
So, what do you do when winter approaches? Being a cyclist, I mean. Do you pack your bike away? Leave it in the garage, shed, basement, spare room?
Is it ready to ride as soon as the snow vanishes again? How do you know for sure that it is ready when you hit the road?
Here's my 2 cents on that.
As a cyclist, I want to be able to put my butt on the seat the moment the desire to ride hits me. I don't want to have to deal with any "issues" with my bike if the sun is warm and the road is clear. If I have to put my bike up in the work stand and spend more than a couple of minutes making last minute adjustments, I feel like I've wasted my entire day. Going on a ride on the first perfect cycling day is what I live for all winter long. Maybe it's not the same for you. That's fine. But here are a few tips, in case it is the same for you.
Before you store your bike for the winter:
1. Inspect the tires and wheels. Do the tires look cracked or damaged at all? Replace them with upgrades. Look for tires with puncture resistant layering and a high thread count. Brands that are popular are Schwalbe, Continental, Michelin.
2. Test ride your bike and work the gears and brakes. Do the cables move smoothly? Does the chain move into every gear precisely and quickly? Do the brakes squeak? Do they stop you with confidence?
3. Put your hands to the bike and its parts. Are there any loose bolts, components? Give every pair of spokes a squeeze and see if any are loose? Look between the rim and the brake or frame to see if the rim is straight. If not, talk to your favourite mechanic about getting the wheel trued.
4. While looking over your bike, take notice of any rust. The chain should be cleaned and oiled. Bike oil. Not WD40. That's not what it is for. Does the derailleur have a layer of crud? That needs to be removed.
5. Finally, inflate your tires if the bike will sit on the floor. If they are empty over the winter, in some cases the sidewall may crack. Especially in a dry environment. If you can, hang the bike or turn it over so it rests on the handlebars and seat.
Take these steps to make sure your bike is in good working order the minute you are inspired to hit the road in the spring. I know you will thank me when you are pedalling down your favourite stretch of pavement, with a toothy grin firmly planted on your face. Ride on fellow cyclist. Ride on.
I've been living in this city for 15 years now. I still can't believe that's true.
Every year I meet new people as they come by the shop for a repair, a purchase, some advice etc. It amazes me the number of people who visit from great distances, but the stories are certainly not boring.
I've served the needs of people from a variety of countries including Canada of course, America, Germany, Switzerland. I even met a man who lived in the same (now nonexistent) town where I was born. Fort Churchill, Manitoba. It turns out that Bob McColm and I went to the same schools (at different times) and were able to share similar stories of growing up in that northern clime, the Polar Bear Capital of the world. You just can't understand how rare that really is, coming from a bustling city such as Peterborough.
Many of the people I serve are students, or parents of students attending Fleming College or Trent University here in town. They stop in, being Peterborough virgins, unfamiliar with the local cycling community and where to seek out a good mechanic. I love these folks. I value these customers. For the next few years I am there local cycling resource and I don't squander that responsibility. They trust me to keep their transportation in top condition so they can commute to work and school. I remember those days well, as I was a student at Sheridan College in Oakville. For 2 years I pedalled to school with my backpack converted to carry my 4x5 View camera. That is until I slipped on the thin ice when walking one morning and snapped my ankle badly. From that moment I was blessed/cursed with a bulky (yet light) purple cast for 6 weeks of awkward wobbling through the halls of higher learning.
It's been 5 years since I put out my shingle and started promoting my services. I'm at the point where I'm seriously considering putting the shingle back in the drawer as I take a poignant look at my future goals. I look at it this way, I have spent a lot of years fumbling along as I try to make a life as a photographer and have yet to find any real success. I know that I have the skills to make a go of it. The question is, how serious do I want to be a bike mechanic and for how much longer can I pursue this sort of seasonal work instead of going all-in with photography? It's a tough pill to swallow. Giving up one skill set for another. I mean, I really enjoy making all these people happy by fixing their rides. And it does pay me fairly well. This is a question I've been asking myself for a few months and I've yet to come up with a satisfactory answer.
In the meantime, I will continue to fix bikes. Help clients. Offer advice based on fact, not sales potential. All the while, as a photographer, I will exercise my right to produce a variety of cool images that serve the needs of an entirely different client base. I remain your humble servant to your bicycle and photography needs.
Saving money at the checkout by buying your bike at a department or big-box store can be the beginning of a troublesome relationship.
Let me explain.
Every year cyclists come to me and complain that their NEW bike is not working the way it should. Keep in mind I've been doing this sort of work for 31 years as of 2017.
I ask them the age of the bike and when was the last time it was serviced. The most common response, "I just bought it at Bike Mart" or something similar.
A wave of sadness fills the shop. I can feel the frustration oozing from their pores. I can easily identify with the cyclist as I have been there myself. My first "road bike" was a gift that my mother purchased for me from a hardware store in Woodstock Ontario, sometime around 1979. I loved its shiny red paint, and all that Shimano. On my maiden voyage, about 2 km outside of town ( I loved to venture out of town) the rear derailleur slammed into the spokes, instantly stopping my forward motion. The long walk home was both maddening and frustrating. But I digress.
The clients with the thought of buying a basic bike, thinking they will save money at the cash register, invariably suffer similar fates when they get on the road. It just doesn't work properly.
Then they either A) return the bike to the point of purchase and ask for a repair/replacement/refund or B) they come to me to have it fixed or setup properly.
Why does all this happen?
Simple, the BikeMarts of the world are there to sell products in a general sense. They do not employ knowledgable mechanics. Who they do employ are assemblers. People who assemble not only bikes but also BBQs, furniture, shelving, lighting, patio sets and more. In some cases the retailer contracts an outside firm that travels to many stores to assemble bikes (and maybe other products).
These assemblers are never properly trained in the mechanics of bicycles. They don't have a basis for why a bike works the way it does, what causes certain problems and what to do about it. Troubleshooting is not in their vocabulary.
To better understand this phenomenon I briefly took a job with a contract assembly firm before I started Mike Fix My Bike. This firm was contracted to assemble bikes at Zellers stores east of the GTA, including Peterborough. I would go to the location (bringing my own tools) pull bikes from the shipping boxes and build until the required bikes were all assembled and put on the floor. It was not my job to perform any repairs.
Here's what I noticed during this experience: there is a major disconnect between the assembly department and the sales department. Nobody beyond the assembler knows anything about bikes.
The assemblers are very poorly paid and therefore need to build as fast as possible in order to earn a decent days wage. This leads to shoddy workmanship and increased stress.
(In this case the assemblers are paid $3 per bike assembled)
The assemblers never apply grease to bike parts as they should.
(When a repair comes to Mike Fix My Bike, I always apply grease to components that will eliminate rust and improve function. It's an inexpensive addition to assure proper function over the long term)
This mentality hurts us all. The cyclist suffers because of a poor experience. The store suffers because of bad feedback from the customer based on a poor product experience. The manufacturer suffers because of a bad shopping/product experience.
Is there a solution?
I would propose that big-box and department stores simply stop selling bikes, or incorporate in house bicycle service departments with properly trained mechanics. Even if on a seasonal basis. Run it like a bike shop. Sort of like you see a coffee shop within a giant book store. Bikes in the summer and skiis and skates in the winter. Somehow I don't see that happening.
In the meantime, I would suggest that if you are hunting for your next bike please steer towards a bicycle store to assure your purchase is a mechanically sound one. Avoid the pain of your rear derailler smashing into the rear wheel spokes and that long walk home.
Your tire is flat!
Your first question," what the heck is wrong?".
Then you start searching for clues as to the cause, but you are bewildered and confused. This is where the troubleshooting comes in and we start to dig.
I'd like to say that every case of the dissappearing air is easy to solve, but I would be lying.
Sometimes, as a mechanic we just can't find an obvious cause. The solution? Change the tube.
Changing the tube however, isn't always a solution.
At least not without inspecting and dealing with the rim.
That might involve a thorough cleaning, sanding and deburring of the rim. This clears out any errant burrs that might be hiding.
Changing the tube doesn't deal with a problem stemming from the tire and anything pointing that might be hiding just below the interior surface, revealing its head only when the tube is inflated. I've run into cases where all the precautions were taken, and the new tube was again punctured by a mysterious infiltrator embedded in the tire. 3 times. The only solution in that case is to replace the tire.
Todays case of the mystery of air loss was solved as I attempted to reinflate the tube. Off came the plastic valve cap to reveal a valve stem with a broken valve core just above the valve. This made it impossible to soundly close the valve. Essentially, the valve was similar to a cork with a hole in it. It would always leak.
The simplest cure was to replace the tube with a new one.
As cyclists we need to be aware of all the potential sources of a failed tube. Troubleshooting can be a time-consuming task, even for seasoned mechanics. We still learn as new cases come in.
Remember to take is slow, be systematic and go from the most obvious to the well hidden. Somewhere in there you will find the solution.
You've got your bike out on the road for the first time in the new riding season. About 5 miles (kilometres) from home and you notice that every time you start to climb a hill, shift down to an easier gear and pedal normally you start to hear a rhythmic clicking coming from the rear gear area.
You don't recall this happening last year. What could it be?
Let's look at one of the potential causes. Cable tension.
Specifically the loss of tension in the rear gear cable. This is more likely the cause of clicking noises if the cable is fairly new.
Sometimes when a new cable is installed, there is the chance that the cable will stretch just a small amount after installation. When this happens, the movement of the derailleur is misaligned and causes the chain to sit in a position either above or below of where it should be between the cogs.
This is why I tell clients for whom I have installed a new gear cable to come back after a week or so of riding, to have the gears re-adjusted in order to compensate for a potentially stretched cable.
The easy solution while you are out on the road/trail is to use the adjuster on the derailleur (or on the shift lever if there is no adjuster on the derailleur). What we need to do is to increase tension to the cable, just a tiny bit. The adjuster rotates using finger pressure. A small bit of movement of the adjuster counter-clockwise is all that is necessary. Perhaps a measurement of 5 minutes (assuming you were turning a clock face) Adjust, test and re-adjust if necessary. Always in very small increments.
This simple adjustment is usually all that is needed to get your shifting back in order.
Failing that, be sure to take your bike to a reputable repair shop if the problem seems problematic or greater than might be caused by cable tension.
Riding your bike is more than just a matter of hopping on and taking off down the road. Especially when you are starting a new cycling season here in Ontario.
As soon as the nice weather arrives, people want to be able to simply grab their bike and go. I get it. I'm the same way.
However, let's look at it this way. Let's say that in the fall you decided that the colder temps were not to your liking as far as cycling goes, so you parked your bike in the garage, shed, basement or whatever your situation is.
Then when the first nice weekend comes and the snow is all gone, you feel inspired to jump on your bike and take off down to one of the local cycling paths, perhaps heading to Lakefield or Warsaw, Omemee etc. Your cycling buddy comes over to your place and you both get on your bikes. Your friend starts rolling down the driveway beside you. Shift up gears once, twice, three times. Then nothing. The derailleur refuses to shift into the next gear.
"Well, it was working the last time I rode it." Last fall.
What to do. Your fun is spoiled. The weather is egging you on, inviting you to hit the road and feel the sunshine on your face and the wind in your hair.
It's situations such as this that we try to avoid. Mike Fix My Bike is all about being prepared when the good weather is calling. By getting your bike looked over either before you put it away in the fall or before you want to ride it in the spring, you avoid unwelcome scenarios like this.
Taking the time to get your bike properly looked over and adjusted BEFORE you need it are the key to having a wonderful cycling experience at first opportunity.
It is Feb. 23 and I've already had 3 clients drop bikes by for service. They are getting prepared for the good cycling weather now so they don't have to scramble later on. Take my advice and get your bike attended to sooner, rather than later. Avoid the frustration of not having a fully functioning bike when you want it, and also avoid the mad rush at the typical bike repair shop. Better to wait 2 days for a tune up now, than wait 2 weeks because you waited along with everybody else.
I look forward to helping you with your cycling needs this spring.
Don't hesitate to call, text or email. You'll find all my contact information throughout this website.
While it may be true that winter is hard upon us here in the patch, spring riding is close. Personally, I'm not a fan of winter or winter riding.
Some folks love it, and that's fine. I don't ski either, nor do I swim.
For me I need a warm sunny day with a little wind at my back and a clear strip of gentle pavement beneath my tires. That's my idea of cycling satisfaction.
I'll be putting my own bike up on the work stand soon, to make sure all is well with the ol' girl. Last fall saw the building of a new front wheel, complete with a new high-pressure tire that grips the road in even the wettest of conditions. I am really looking forward to getting that out on the road again.
This year I may mix things up a bit and offer package services. Perhaps some lessons for small groups. I'd done it in the past and realized that smaller groups are better for both the teacher (me) and the student (them). They learn more, quicker and are better equipped to take care of their own bikes in a far shorter period of time, than if the class size is over 6 people. If I do decide to provide group lessons, I'll make sure to post a notice in the local papers and put up some signage.
So like I said, spring riding is coming soon. I would encourage riders to get their bikes in soon and avoid another mad rush for tune ups like I had in 2015. Happy riding.
Amazing, is what I thought the first time I saw the damage to this bike. The well-ridden Norco Wolverine that I had done a repair on earlier in the summer, was back for a replacement of not only the rear derailleur, but also the derailleur hangar and a couple of spokes.
My first thought was as to how the damage occurred. With a part being broken in this way, there had to be a great amount of force. It's not the type of damage we see caused by riding casually.
Nevertheless, I started to dig into solving the problem by sourcing all the parts and discussed the job with the client. I gave him my best estimate for the cost and he gave me the go ahead.
I'm not the kind of mechanic that does a job and then surprises the client with a big bill. I like to keep the client informed and I often give them a couple of options for the repair to better work with their budget.
Even though the cycling season has pretty well come to an end around here, I am continuing to see clients for repairs and tune ups.
This makes me happy.
This season has been quite the learning experience for me. At least as far as building a following goes.
I started the season by pulling in new clients using small ads on kijiji.ca in the various bicycle sub catagories. Then when I saw the numbers of new faces drop off, I had to think quick about how to bring in people who wanted a repair, not a replacement bike.
The answer was Google search. I tried to think of the wording I would use when looking for a repair shoppe for my bike, and incorporated that wording in my posts, my ads, my Pinterest posts etc.
What it came down to was using the phrase : bike repair Peterborough.
Combined with a little bit of local street signage and it is a hit. To confirm my theory I make sure to ask each new client how they found me, and 99% of the time it is through a Google search using those exact words. That's what I call grass roots geurilla marketing.
Thinking like your customer and verifying the theory by asking them directly. I am looking forward to next season so I can try some new marketing approaches. Thanks for your patronage everyone. I am glad I could help with your cycling needs.
This post is a thanks to a recent customer who entrusted me to fix up her newly purchased classic Schwinn bicycle. Her name is Cassandra. That's her in the newly updated header image, on the top of each page.
I wanted to thank her for bringing in this classic bike, as it reminded me why I enjoy working on bikes. Most of the time it's about meeting cool people who enjoy living with bicycles, as I do. This time it also reminded me that I enjoy working in the bike biz because on occasion it is about the adventure of troubleshooting a project that I have never seen before.
Thus was the case with Cassandra' bike from the late 1970s. I had only seen one of these in the past. Even so, I didn't have the chance to work with it so this new project was a lot of fun to dig in to.
Her bike comes with a gear system from Shimano called the Shimano Front Freewheel System (FFS). In this system the freewheel is mounted on to the crank, instead of on the wheel.
The point of the system is that it allows the rider to shift gears while coasting. Renowned cycling guru, Sheldon Brown (RIP), called it "a solution in search of a problem". I believe he was right, as the system was discontinued in the early 1980s.
Having Cassandra' bike here, gave me the chance to explore a bit of classic technology and learn more about cycling history. I would never have had that opportunity had she not entrusted me to work on her bike.
Thank you Cassandra.
I'm sure you've heard the tale that the mechanic only has time to spend working on the customer' projects and never his/her own. It's true.
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.
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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