Two and a half hours later, several blisters, and one popped tube…. I changed both of the tubes and one of the tires on my bike!
Replacing the front tire and tube was really easy (well, it took me about 30 minutes). But… then I had to take the back tire off, which meant I had to mess with the gears. This made me really nervous! I took a picture of it before I dismantled it so I could refer to it later…. It definitely came in handy!
The back tire was a lot harder!
I don’t know what was wrong with me or the tire, but I could NOT get the tire back on the wheel. It was the right size and everything. I tried for AN HOUR to get it onto the tire, and then I accidentally popped the tube!
ARG! That’s when I stopped and ate a snack of yogurt and cereal.
My "dinner" urges were all thrown off by our late lunch.
I eventually decided it might be better to just put my old front tire onto my back tire then to risk popping another second tube. So, I have a new front tire and tube and a new back tube. Whew!
It’s really fun to learn more about how my bike works and how to do my own maintenance. I kind of LIKE being a newbie and figuring stuff out — it’s exciting and challenging!
After the tires were done, I ate an orange:
Tomorrow, I’m going on an awesome 40-mile bike ride with my friend Kelly. I’m so pumped! It’s my last long ride before my Metric Century… whoooo hoooo!
Have a wonderful evening!
Do you consider yourself to be handy? I’m not a natural at this kind of stuff, but I will STICK TO IT until I figure it out!