Bike repairs call for avoidance tactics
HOW many bicycles is too many?
The wildly varying weather at the moment cases me to think I need another road bike.
Not because I covet the latest gizmo-packed racing machine.
No because I'm sick to death of having to change road tyre to the blue tyre I use when I'm on the trainer.
Such a first world problem.
Because, let's face it, I don't even change my own, the Kiltman steps up and stages an intervention any time I do anything beyond pumping up the tyres, recharging the lights and computer or cleaning the chain.
This is not because I'm lazy, simply because he understands basic bike mechanics whereby I simply want to scream when the bloody whatsit won't work.
I'd rather dig a new garden bed, clean out the chook house or chop firewood than try to do basic velo repair.
For more serious stuff, I head to my local bike shop and get the experts to sort it out.
But back to how many bikes we need versus want.
My old hybrid bike I bought second-hand when an acquaintance's teenage son begged for a bike then two months later disdained rising because he was onto the next exciting thing.
She's a cracker to get about on to the library, shopping or catch up with friends and I'm happy to use my bike lock and leave her secured while I flit about.
Whereas I take my road bike everywhere - even when I went to pro-poll to vote I took her indie, much the consternation of the electoral staff.
Maybe I just need to get over myself and learn how to switch tyres or wheels.
Tell me how you balance out your trainer versus road riding Alison.paterson@