About half a year ago, I went to work, like every other day, with my nice old bike. However, just when I arrived at work, my outer tire exploded. Okay, maybe that’s a little exagerated, but it did tear.
Now, little did I know it would take me 6 months to get it repaired. If it were just the tire, I would have replaced it myself (although, the current one was already wrong size, so it would be a guessing game to buy the right one), but there was a lot more to it:
- lights did’t work. also a simple thing, unless your parts are like a century old.
- the front break handle was broken, plus also the pull string (I don’t have a regular rear break, but torpedo)
Since my employer offers a cheap bike repair service through VELO (subsidized service for students using used parts), I thought I’d give it a try and while they’re at it, why not throw in replacing my rear reflector and fix my flat tire.
However, there was one huge caveat: the bike had to be handed in before 9.30 am! which can be quite a challenge for me (and also filling in the same papers in 3-fold(?!)) The alternative is to let it stand quasi unguarded and not locked for a night.. but since getting up early isn’t so difficult, why risk
Unfortunately, it took me longer than expected. After all, I do own a car, so I went to work by car. (which is a shame if you know the distance )
But this week, slightly helped by a light lumbago, I managed to achieve my goal!
Everything repaired! New tire, new front light, new rear light with incorporated reflector (is that legal nowadays?) and fixed wiring, new break. Too bad, it seems not many used parts were used, total price: 42 EUR. I could almost buy a new used bike but I wouldn’t do that since I’m too attached to my current one. Still, I think you cannot have it fixed anywhere for that price.
So this evening, I proudly biked home, in the rain It really felt good to ride a bike again