It turns out that there is a three week wait for a bicycle service at the moment. Looking at the number of people cycling each day, this shouldn’t really be a surprise. Whilst I don’t really take great (any) care of my bike personally, I do get it serviced pretty often, and accept cycling isn’t actually “free”. Sure enough, supporting this philosophy, my rear mech completely gave up on my way into work yesterday morning – mercifully the day of the long-awaited service.
As ever, the original quote is £55 and the final cost is £110 as they discover the horrors lurking on my bike. I think I outdid myself this time, as my rear pannier rack was actually broken. My desire to lug crap from A to B has actually broken metal. Snapped in two. Even the sales person who returned my bike to me had heard whispers of this from the workshop, and was impressed (well….maybe more shocked).
But what a lovely ride home I had. My bike was silent. The energy I put in seemed to be 100% converted into output by the bike, and that dull pain in my knees has temporarily pissed off. Definitely money well spent! I now am full of good intentions to keep my bike clean, which apparently would have a radical impact on how my bike runs in the longer-term. Just cleaning it once a week. Sadly, this sits on a list with “cleaning the skirting boards”, “doing that sit-ups DVD” and several thousand other tasks all fighting for my time. Perhaps I’ll just have a cup of tea and a little sit down first…..