I’ve always had the attitude that my bike is just a workhorse: usually a second-hand vehicle to get me from one place to another, maybe not a perfect fit for me, but there when you need it. When necessary, I’ll fix a punctured tube and put a little grease on the chain.
Being someone who hates waiting around, my bike relieves me from having waste time getting to public transportation, and then waiting for it to show up. If it’s less than an hour’s ride, warmer than 24 degrees, isn’t raining or snowing heavily, and what I carry fits into a backpack, then I generally opt for my bike. And the nice thing is I’m not adding to gas consumption on the road.
After getting my down jacket covered in salt and mud again after a messy ride a couple of weeks ago, I decided to get the bike over to Hub Bicycle Co. (where they do only bike servicing and don’t shame you for not knowing whether your tube has a Schrader or Presta value) for a tune up + to be refitted with some bells and whistles I didn’t know I needed. So check it out:
Second, new shifters with gear indicators: No more getting confused about whether I’m shifting up or down, and that annoying clicking is gone. Bonus is that my knees aren’t achy after a longer ride with a bunch of hills.
Five, new front tire because, as old friend Mark R, said once, the old one had become a “balloon.”
Seven, new handgrips. Erich tells me that they’re sectioned off so I can put in cool colors if I wanted to.
So now it’s not just a workhorse, but transformed into a sleek workhorse that’s a smooth and responsive ride, looks great, and is a joy to fly on. Yes, sir, I love my bike.
Thanks to Emily and Erich at Hub Bicycle!