YJD asked me to fill in for an extra day today. I gladly accepted.
The weather this weekend was very mild for the season, we hit around 12-13°C, whereas in comparison, Hong Kong, this weekend, had a weird freezing wind that froze the plants in the hills. Causing traffic chaos with inexperienced drivers etc..
Anyway back to Coventry, UK. Weather was mild, even felt warm, with no real chance of rain, I ride out without my rain jacket and over trousers. Instead, I wore my Castelli Poggio softshell jacket, with my Helly Hansen freeze baselayer, and the YJD T-shirt. Legwise, I had my Altura padded shorts on with my Endura urban trousers. I wore my Cinelli blue cap under my helmet today, as chance of rain was so low.
The morning sun was amazing and in the warm glow and focussed attention to riding in Willenhall, I forgot to take a photo of that glowing sky. When I eventually remembered it was too late the wind had picked up by mid morning and the clouds came in, fortunately they moved fast and therefore didn’t manage to rain. However it did mean I was nearly blown off my bike.
The roads were still wet and it seems every time I took a corner the wind tried to sideswipe me off. It was either my front wheel catching the side wind or my rear. Quite disconcerting, but ultimately I handled it and my Continental Gatorskin tyres managed to grip the road before I could lose balance.
Towards the end of my round, I received a phone call from a lady having had a front puncture that needed repairing, so I duly agreed and arranged a time to go round to her house and try to fix it today.
She found eZo cycle on Google search and Google map, so the digital setup we did seems to be having an effect. This gave me a good sense of achievement that our digital strategy is working.
This made my ride back that little bit more effortless.
When I got home to have a cup of tea and prepare to go over to fix this puncture, I decided to ride over there since it was so close, I took my Topeak multi tool, mini pump, puncture repair kit and a spare inner tube.
When I got there, I saw the bike outside and almost immediately regretted not driving over with my tool box and track pump. The bike didn’t have quick release and I forgot my spanner wrenches. Also a mini pump can only get 80psi in 700c tyres are best.
Luckily the lady’s husband loaned me his spanners and I manage to get on with the repair. Only I distinctively remembered the lady said her front wheel had the puncture and I was faced with both being flat.
So I decided to pump up the rear tyre, but within a couple of minutes it was flat again. With time pressure to pick up my kids at school I decided to take both inner tubes to fix it in the evening.
Additional to this, I noticed that the stem for the handlebars was the wrong way round and I asked the husband if it was on purpose, he explained that they ordered the bike from Evans online and as it came in a box they had to muddle through the final assembly, and basically the stem was set incorrectly. The guy asked me to reset it tomorrow when I come back to sort out the tyres.
I like this maintenance work, makes me feel I am actually helping people out. Ultimately I prefer the Reimagine bike builds, but the maintenance work is fun and satisfying. The local community doesn’t have many mobile mechanics and I can see this will make it alot easier for people keep their bikes in tiptop condition. Not everyone have a bike rack to take their bikes to a bike shop for repairs/maintenance.
I hope to do more mobile mechanics stuff in the near future.
For now YJD post rides will come to an end. But maybe in March or April I will get to more of those too with better, warmer weather.