|Not how it went down...|
It took 30.
I didn't remember everything about how to do a tire change so I used my semi good friend YouTube. I just picked the first tutorial that popped up and followed the instructions. Surprise: NOT as straight forward when you do it yourself for the first time as it looked to be at the LBS.
This is the tutorial I used.
The part that took the longest was getting the tire loose. Man, I tried and failed a frustrating number of times until it finally came loose. Then I started taking the inner tube out because I seemed to recall the guys at the LBS saying it would be easier to not take it out completely so I could use the support of tire for the valve. But the tutorial wanted me to remove the entire tire, so I did.
Yes, I did deflate the inner tube prior to getting the tire loose, so when I had taken it out I inflated it again to see if I could find the hole. No such luck.
I have to say I was all proud like when I popped the tire back on the bike - rear tire - without any issues. Yeay! I tested out the brakes and they seemed to function normally.
But as I started biking, I noticed the tire going *bump* *bump*. I thought it might be the different looking valve and that I had inflated the tire too much, but I couldn't see anything as I climbed off to inspect. I figured the tire would adjust itself - or rather hoped it would.
So I stopped - again - to inspect it further. Turned out I almost got it right. But just almost. Like 97% right. The bumping came from not having popped the tire completely in again causing the tire to be deformed. I deflated the tire again in order to pop the tire back in completely, but by then I had run out of time. Instead of fumbling with the CO2 cartridges for the very first time, I decided to just walk the bike back home and deal with that when I return back home later today.
I am proud of myself for almost getting it right. I will take it in to the LBS after I fix it later to make sure I didn't mangle the whole thing.
|Not allowed to dig holesat night? Since when is that a law?|
me: I swear to god he really exists.
neighbors: Oh, we believe you.
me: You probably think I’ve chopped him up with an axe and stuffed him under the crawl-space.
neighbors (slightly aghast): … we would never think that.
Me. Oh. Well, you probably do now.
me: We don’t even have a crawl-space.
me: Or a shovel.
neighbors: Well if you ever need to borrow a shovel just let us know. That’s what neighbors are for!
me: Well, hubby is still alive. So…I don’t really need a shovel.
neighbors: Of course he is. We just meant if you needed a shovel for…
me: Oh! …For non-murderous reasons. Of course. Got it. Sorry. I am not a good
neighbors: Ah. Well, maybe we’ll stop by again on Saturday.
me: Awesome. I’ll be sure to hire someone to pretend to be my husband so it doesn’t look suspicious.
me: That was a joke.
me: It wasn’t a very good one.
And then they never came back again.
Happy Friday. My first long bike ride takes place this weekend!