Saturday, August 25, 2012

Flat Fixing Merit Badge - Earned!


Today I fixed my first flat. Luckily it happened right at the end of my ride.

I've had this fear that if I fix/touch/tweak anything on my bike, the bike will no longer be "as good" (fast, smooth) as it was before I fixed/touched/tweaked it.

I've watched the bike shop change my flats before but then as I tried to do it, I didn't remember which way the tire levers went in, if I was supposed to pull the bead out of the rim (yes, but just on one side), etc. Duhhh.

It seems to be fixed. I decided I needed to give myself a little "award" for finally fixing a flat, and none seemed to exist, so I made one. Feel free to award yourself the merit badge, or distribute to others who may need the motivation!

Poor little Roo :-(

8 comments:

  1. Now I KNOW I screw up my bike every time I touch it. You can't even imagine the carnage when my front derailleur was rubbing and I got out a multi-tool mid-ride. I was all cavalier about it and it cost me a decent chunk of change to fix, not the problem, but what I had done. I shouldn't even be allowed to own one of those things!

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  2. I love the badge. Well deserved! Now if only I could earn a badge for fixin' my flat boobs without implants. ;)

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    1. Flat boobs are good on the race course though!!

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  3. I want that merit badge!! I have changed a ton of tires in my past

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  4. I love that badge! I was shown how to fix a flat for my first tri (Danskin sprint CO) 13 years ago. I never actually fixed one myself. My second ever tri (Danskin sprint NJ) is in less than 2 weeks. Perhaps I should learn. Hmmm....I do want the badge! :-)

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    1. Perhaps it's time ;-) Congratulation on your return to the sport!!!

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