Trek Women
March 18, 2009

Changing tires


I consider myself a pretty handy person, especially when it comes to bikes.  Just the other day, one of our friends brought over his bike because the brakes needed to be tightened and the derailleurs were not shifting very well. I threw the bike up on my stand, and 10 minutes later it was ready to ride. 

This is a frequent thing for me.  I rarely take my own bikes into a shop unless I need parts, or if I don't have the right tools. Flat tires are like candy to me and I can build a bike from scratch. 

So, I was going to continue on with my life thinking that I was this great "handy person" or bike mechanic.

Then I saw this kid changing a car tire after church. His name is Spencer and he is 16 years old. We came out of church and their family van had a flat tire. He just took off his dress shirt and went to work. 

I don't even know how to change a tire on a car. I have a lot to learn!  Maybe I should stop thinking I am so hot shot at fixing bikes.  My admiration goes out to Spencer.  Good work!


FYI - If I ever ask you to give me some candy, I'm not talking about flat tires....

Posted by: Reuben | Mar 18, 2009 8:59:14 AM

Can change a car tire no problem... but I buy hardcase tires because I fear having to change a road bike tire. Knock on wood, I have NOT had an issue (yet)

Aligning tubes & using change bits seems to puzzle me. I will have to take a class at the local Trek Store!

Posted by: AZZO45 | Mar 18, 2009 4:56:38 PM

Ok I read this and thoguht it was funny, I on the other hand can change a tire on a car if I have to and not change a bike tire. My solution -- lol get a friend to ride with you, a hubby or boyfriend who will do it for you lol I know I am bad i just have a fear of the unknown lol Could i do it? Probably, do I want to? Well we will see I have a new bike to ride this year, maybe I'll have to.

Posted by: Barb | Mar 19, 2009 12:59:36 PM

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