Bike trouble, and why I love the good people at REI.

Well, if you have been paying attention to my twitter feed, you probably saw that my bike chain broke. (Well, to be fair I only stated that 35 year old bike chains are kind of fail…so if you didn’t get it I will forgive you this time.) Upon shifting, I found that my bike was struggling a little bit – I kept pedaling, and then I soon found myself with no resistance at all in the pedals. I thought my chain had simply come loose, but upon inspection I discovered that it had broken off completely! You can imagine my disappointment after a night full of headaches with my tires. (Do NOT buy ‘bell’ brand inner tubes, they are kind of terrible..) With this in mind, I went to REI to talk to them about chains and how to get up and running again. The man I spoke to mentioned that bike chains need to be cleaned and re-lubed every few weeks and that they should also be replaced every few years. This was a bit of a surprise to me, because I had always assumed that bike chains last a lot longer than that so I didn’t even think to replace it.

Following his advice, I purchased a new chain and chose to bring my bike in for their basic tune up service. I had planned to have this done later but, because I have no clue how to properly put a chain on a bike, I chose to have it done now. For a total of 100 dollars (70 for the service and 30 for some extra parts they needed) they trued my rims, cleaned up everything, replaced my cables, and made sure everything was functioning correctly. The bike looks, and runs fantastic! (And…the tires don’t wobble anymore!) Overall, I am very happy that I chose to get this bike up and running again – even though it has been a bit more expensive than I initially anticipated.

I still haven’t been able to get much ride time in – hopefully this week will be better for that. So far I have only ridden about 7.5 miles on this bike. I need to work on getting some higher mileage rides in if I want to be able to use this bike as a form of transportation. One problem I am having, is that the bike is just so dammed heavy. It weights over 40 pounds – not light by any means. It isn’t exactly easy to ride a bike at my weight anyway, adding a very heavy bike to that only makes things worse – especially when you consider how out of shape I am at the moment.

Speaking of my weight! I weighed in this morning at 210.6 pounds. I’m not going to get my hopes up, but I might see sub 210 pounds tomorrow morning. I’m going to be pretty happy if I see a 209 instead of a 210 tomorrow. I’ve been working really hard, and I am so close to my goal weight that I feel like I can do anything at this point.

In other news, I got a 4.0 GPA in microbiology this quarter. Nursing school is next, if I can ever get in.. Also, Levi and I are officially domestic partnered. (How did I not mention this yet..?)

Stephen Battey

Stephen Battey

Stephen is a 25 year old amateur photographer, blogger, and husband from Tacoma, Washington. He shares a cute ass house with his husband, cat, and two dogs. He generally hates all weather patterns.

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