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There were never any "good old days" — they are today, they are tomorrow
Didn't get the errands done, but it's okay 
12th-May-2010 06:50 pm
Continental Pneumatic bike poster
Pirate and I dropped in at Tip Top for a bit of maintenance today — the jankety Oakland streets are vibrating the bikes to bits, one bolt at a time. We had thought it would be just a matter of popping a couple new bolts in place (preferably with a large gloop of Loctite). Three hours later, I'm making an appointment to bring it back on Friday for a new chain and possibly new cassette. They wanted me to leave it with them until then, but c'mon, tomorrow is bike to work day, and even though I'm on vacation this week, Pirate and I are definitely planning to roll downtown early tomorrow morning to pick up our Bike to Work Day swag bags and take advantage of the free pancake breakfast. I promised to ride carefully between now and Friday ("I won't let her go jumping many curbs," said Pirate), but really — leave my bike? No, no.

While chatting with one of the mechanics, he said that basically the problem is we're riding the hell out of our bikes. "We check bike computers when we get bikes in for work, 'cause we're nosy like that, and you've got almost a thousand miles on yours. That's more than a lot of our customers do in a year."

I am exceedingly pleased to be one of their higher-mileage, hard-riding customers. :-D
Comments 
13th-May-2010 02:38 am (UTC)
http://www.cleaverbikes.com/

you're going to meet mike eventually.
13th-May-2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
he said that basically the problem is we're riding the hell out of our bikes

That's awesome! Even if you burned through a bike every year, that's cheaper than owning a car for twenty years, and you get exercise and fewer parking tickets.
17th-May-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Sometimes I'll be debating whether to buy something bike-related — "gee, is this just an indulgence? or is it something I really need?" — and then I remember how much we used to spend on broken windows alone when we had the car... and usually go ahead and order. *grin*

Currently on my wishlist: Monkeylectric persistence-of-vision spoke lights and BikeBrightz to supplement my Down Low Glow. Why yes, "rolling disco" is the decorating mode I'm going for, however did you guess?
16th-May-2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Bikes have computers? I'm so stuck in the 20th century.
17th-May-2010 02:35 am (UTC)
They're the updated version of this old-school bike odometer. (I used to have one of those on my bike when I was a kid. Memories...)
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