My 16X1 3/8″ tire arrived a day or two ago, but I haven’t had time to change it until tonight. At 11:00 pm, I headed downstairs to see whether I could change the tire in a reasonable amount of time, as it will be an early morning and it would be nice to have the bike ready to ride to breakfast at the dining hall. Since the old tire had dry rotted and and the tube had exploded last week, the rim was already bare. I just removed the new tube from it’s box, affixed it to the hose on the pump, gave one quick blast with the pump, and shoved the tube in the new tire. I think squeezed the two sides of the tire together and popped them over the rim and slid my hands around the rim. It actually slipped in place! No struggle and it took 10 SECONDS to change the tire!!! Well, to replace a tire, but that’s the easiest tire I’ve ever installed.
So tomorrow morning, instead of showing up at the dining hall on an Elektra Townie, I show up on my new Vision recumbent. The kids will love it :0) Hopefully, seeing someone riding a bike in camp each day will motivate more kids to sign up for the mountain biking class. I loaned the Mountain biking camp counselor my Zinn bike maintenance book this morning.
I have a couple of “Shout outs” tonight, also. When I went in to Conte’s to buy a Schwalbe Marathon tire for my recumbent, he said he could have it basically overnight. Although that turned out to be eroneous, he was quick to let me know of the error, and to tell me where I could get it, instead of hedging. I loved his honesty, and hope to do more business with Conte’s. They are on Broad St. in the far west end of Richmond, VA.
Next, I ordered a somewhat inexpensive replacement tire for the recumbent from Niagara Cycle works. It’s the second time I’ve dealt with them, and they don’t disappoint. Tire came with a free tube, and arrived 4 days ahead of schedule. Thanks Niagara Cycle Works.
If I haven’t mentioned it, I’m working at the Boy Scout camp this summer. I signed up to be the business manager. The job I got is cook! That means being in the kitchen morning, noon and night. and I work 7 days a week. It doesn’t leave much time for cycling, unless I cycle the .5 mile to my work area. So, I do. Hopefully, somehow, I’ll find or make time in the daily schedule to get in a little bit longer ride. There have been times that John and I have done night rides in a professional complex not far from home. It’s a 6 mile loop and the traffic is pretty non-existent at 11 pm. Perhaps that will be my answer?
For the next 5 weeks, posts may be minimal, but not long after that, we will begin our journey down the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O canal towpath for our vacation. Hang tight, cause it’s gonna get GOOD:0)
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.