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Today I dumped my cycling boyfriend, mechanic, trainer, cycling encyclopedia!
Which is great news for me, but bad news for my love of bike riding really.
In a nutshell, the guy was a jerk and a arsehole, but at least he was happy to adjust my bike, pump up my wheels, fix my flats, do everything and anything cycling related for the entirety of my bicycling life. Now that he's gone, and as a broke student I can't afford to go to LBSs to hit on the hot bike boys there as well as use their service, I actually have to do everything MYSELF.
So I've got my bike sitting in one piece at the moment. She hasn't been out for 6 months as I had to do my HSC. I'm trying to get her on a trainer but I've gotten lost at taking out the back skewer part. I need to swap my skewer with the one that came supplied with the trainer, but I don't want to do that because I don't want to take off my back wheel, out of fear that I won't be able to put the wheel back on again!
Pretty much I need all your help in terms of your bike mechanic knowledge, what I need to invest in in terms of tools, grease, lube, blah blah, tools that I don't own, any good websites that I can go on to find tutorials, that would be amazing. Alternatively, if any single men out there would like to offer themselves up to be my new bike slave, I would appreciate that too.
Thank you for listening to my rant. I can see myself struggling with this stuff for months to come. When oh when will I actually be able to jump on the bike and ride???
Start here http://www.sheldonbrown.com/. Everything you need to know and stuff that you didn't know that you needed to know!
Then ask here.
As far as the skewer is concerned, just pull out the normal one and put in the trainer supplied one.
One trick I got taught was to take pictures of stuff before and during taking them apart (not just cycling stuff). Makes it easier to put them back together.
+infinity. Best advice evah.
RE the skewer - you don't need to remove the wheel from the dropouts to change the skewer over. Just make sure the wheel is secure in the dropouts (ie the bike is not suspended with its wheel off the ground) and undo the skewer. Then pull it out and replace it. Make sure to note where the springs sit.
One of the best things about bicycle commuting is that it can mitigate the displeasure of having to go to work. - BikeSnobNYC
Cycling is sometimes like bobbing for apples in a bucket full of dicks. - SydGuy
Congratulations on getting that toxic man out of your life.
Umm...you don't really want to rebound at this point. And with another cyclist?!!! I thought I'd recommend you Zinn's book to road bike maintenance but you sound as if you need to do some self-improvement first and learn to be self-sufficient. You don't really want to date another bloke because they know about bikes. Really. You don't. Or you'll enter into another cycle and looking for your ex in new people.
* Pocket Guide to He's Just Not That Into You: The No-excuses Truth to Understanding Guys, with Liz Tuccillo. Peter Pauper Press, Inc., 2005. ISBN 1593599900.
* It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy, with Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt. Broadway Books, 2006. ISBN 0767921968.
* It's Just a Date: How to Get 'em, How to Read 'em, and How to Rock 'em, with Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt. Harper, 2008. ISBN 0007228325.
* He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys, with Liz Tuccillo. Simon & Schuster, 2009. ISBN 141690977X.
Mate, if you're on the bike, you'll be thinking about him all the time. So seriously, GET A NEW, DIFFERENT BIKE WHICH HE DIDN'T FIX. Get rid of the baggage both emotional and physical.
And whatever you do, don't rebound on any of the NICE, single cyclists on this forum. Karma sucks. And I hate rebounders -of both genders.
Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
Are you hot? Pics would help.
Nah seriously, most of what you need to do is easy just don't be scared of it. As others have already said swapping the skewer is easy and you do not need to remove the wheel. Buy a pump (the sort that sits on the floor) and some chain lube (any brand will do) and learn how to use these two for starters.
Last edited by DaveOZ on Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Its called a Floor Pump
Pro-Link is good as lube and you just put it on and don't do anything and its all good
True, what you have to do is learn from this.
It's very easy to blame him for being an ahole, but you stayed with him...
You might figure out you relied on him (or his bike skillz )too much, and mayby it's a good thing that now you start learning how to do things yourself.
This wil make you a stronger person as well.
He probably is an ahole. Believe it or not, most men are rather nice... its the minority that suck
I had NO idea. I actually cleaned my bike all by myself the other day
'Grats on getting rid of that extra @r5eh0le you've been lugging about.
All the references above will give you a good start, we can help too. I do all me own work but have picked up dozens of those little tricks that make the job easier in the shed here.
A few pairs of nitrile rubber gloves will save a lot of time getting muck from under your nails post wrench session
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Ok guys - it's called chilling. Seriously, it's a joke. I'm not looking to rebound with any guys any time soon. Does sarcasm actually cease to exist on the internet? :O No need to become all educational - especially you Commurider Your post made me LOL. Seriously, doesn't my sarcasm come through when I use the words "bike slave"? Do you really think I'm out to enslave another man so he can grease my chain? Your inability to decipher humor amuses me greatly To think that I'm so weak as to get a new bike because it 'reminds' me of him is just absurd. Once I'm over someone, it's over. Bikes, presents, etc cease to have relevance - If material objects serve as reminders of your ex and is a emotional blow to you, I'm sorry, then you're probably mentally weak.
And in all honesty, what's wrong with seeking a new friend or potential partner in a hobby? I don't ride because of my ex - I ride because I love riding. So just chill. Besides, even if I rebound with any 'nice' guys, it's none of your business anyway! To hand me a list of relationship books is just plain silly and lacks infinite maturity on your behalf. Oh and uh, thanks for the ISBNs too! I'll be sure to look them up at Borders tomorrow /sarcasm.
On the other hand - YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A little bit of logic sure did help. Bike is all up and running beautifully on the trainer. Just having fun doing minor adjustments like the saddle and handlebars before popping out for a ride tomorrow. I've learnt more in a few hours than I did in a year. Oh it feels good to be independent.
Remember, it's the internet. Unless you put smileys, emoticons, I wouldn't know whether to take your post seriously or not since I don't know you, your past history etc. and I can only comment on by what you post.
Erm...then why post about your relationship break up on here? Do you really find it necessary to vent about your break-up on a bike forum? It's inviting unwarranted advice like mine.
Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
Offcourse she does, don't we all ??
I'm sure most of us used the forum for a vent one way or another.
Sure everyone needs luck but found it odd why she had to create a new thread filling us all in with her personal drama first before asking for the advice she needed to fix with her bike. She could just have asked for the advice without the voyeuristic purview into her life.
Most people are friendly on here and provide advice, no need to ask what's going on with their life.
So I could dismiss her post or actually take her post seriously. I chose the latter and I get accused of not getting the sarcasm in her post. Oh well. The joys of the internet.
Amateur oenologist and green-friendly commuter.
this thread reminded me of a joke about not asking for advise from men.
Young people today
What happened to the good old days when you just mucked around maybe got picked up, had a wild evening maybe progressed into the night.
But Noooooooooooooooooooooo, today we use the internet.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, computer hermits.
You should meet up for a ride and invite a friend each, then go out for coffee with your best Lycra.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
Speak your mind,Those that mind dont matter, Those that matter dont mind!!
I go riding with KenGS, Atham, Cpical, Mulger Bill, Gunlock, Fabby and many more, I ask them all the time how they are, especially those that have children and families, because I'm generally interested in their lives... its called friends
I did my first 200 with people who are on these forums, climbed Hotham with people on these forums, climbed lake mountain, did the death by missy adventure, countless trips down beach road and the BLVD, kinglake, wangarratta, shepparton... etc etc.
Sharon who is an ultra marathon runner, we met her through this forum thanks to her husband and they've been great friends.
I ask Kalgrm, Chaderotti, Joeblake and Casual_Cyclist how they are because I rode with them when I was in WA.
I've done some of the most awesome rides EVER with the people that I've meet on these forums. One of my fav riding buddies is on this forum, Madgan, he's awesome! I'm going to be doing the Alpine Classics with 4 blokes from this forum, Cpical, hannos, Psike and Madgan... I haven't ever met hannos or psike, but they seem alrght
I like the people on here, mostly all of them, some not so much, but this place wouldn't be the same if we didn't know weird and wacked things about each other. Like Martin's daughters new bike, Chad family... this place is like a big family, there are some family members we like and others we wished didn't exist.
Love... this is gonna turn into a hugs thread.
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