Zippy Tire Replacement
Practice really does make perfect.
It was not long ago I would take my entire bike into the LBS for a new tube. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, especially for someone like me who is an adamant do-it-yourselfer. Lay tile? Sure! Frame out a closets? Never have but hand me that 2X4. Drywall a room? Absolutely. Change a bike tire? Um….well, let’s have the professionals do that. It made no sense, and was inconvenient and unnecessarily expensive. So it was high time to learn, and now that I have, I’ve had several chances to use these new-found skills.
A few too many chances. Last week when my tire blew out, I was still grateful that I had another bike ready to go with inflated, puncture free (for the moment) tires ready to ride so I didn’t lose my opportunity to workout. But the way things are going this season, it’s unlikely they will stay that way. When I finally set out to replace my tube & tire–I approached it with the same reluctance I had so many times before. I cleared my schedule–this was going to be a while.
But I was done in 10 minutes. Boom, like that. Done in a flash. I think I’m even learning a system. I’m pretty psyched about this because I’m happy to save the time and money–but I like feeling competent and independent about doing some of my own repairs. And really, after riding as long as I have, it’s about time.