[personal profile] lizzydragon
A1's bike back brake went "ping" and fell to pieces a few weeks ago - I tried fixing it - and failed, but he cycles to college and started his daily holiday job on the day after term ended, we've only had the chance to get it fixed by someone more proficient while he is away for 10 days (actually only 5 remaining days now!).

Given I know that his bike doesn't fit in my car without taking off the front wheel, I thought it would be easier to ride it the mile and a half to the bike shop in the village and walk back. Fortunately I decided to do this in the evening when traffic was quiet, with the plan of going back tomorrow to actually put it into the workshop..

What I hadn't appreciated was that his bike has a crossbar and I'm not used to one of those - and he is several inches taller than I am so I was not able to touch the ground without tipping the bike over quite a long way.. Fortunately there were several well placed high kerbs to help me get on and off safely at junctions - except at the traffic lights... where I needed to slow down so I didn't jump the lights and hope that the lights would change to green before I fell off - fortunately they did.. but when I went to slow down I remembered a little too late the reason that I was taking the bike to the shop in the first place! :)

Date: 2013-08-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiwendel.livejournal.com
oops! Glad you're ok!
I had bike fail today too and with the loan of a larger bike with cross bar can emapthise!! Fortunately brakes worked on this one though! :)

Date: 2013-08-08 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzydragon.livejournal.com
:)
It turns out that with the help of the bike shop staff it *IS* possible to get the bike in the car without taking the wheel off, so I won't need to cycle it again!

Date: 2013-08-08 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiwendel.livejournal.com
Do you have a tow bar? We have one of these - which looks very unlikely but actually works very well and has carried bikes to Wales and back, folds up small so can live in the car routinely, and is very handy (you need bungies or similar to tie the bikes on)...

I used to routinely have a bike in the back of my (estate) car, with the seats folding down (which isn't too bad once you get the hang of it, rear wheel in first), and the other week got Oli's bike in the car with no towbar and a broken boot by putting it in sideways by the back seats - but that was rather an ordeal that we haven't wished to repeat.

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