"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

March 22, 2009

More Bicycling Stuff

Oops! I haven't needed to fill my bicycle tires since I bought my bike. The only mechanical problem I've had so far is when one of the screws popped off on my rack. (It either got banged up on the ferry or I was carrying too much stuff on the rack.) So, when I went to fill up my tires tonight, I was surprised to find that neither my father's air compressor or my mini pump fit the valve. Apparently, there's two types of valves common in the US, Schrader and Presta. My touring bicycle has Presta valves. So, now, I have to get an adapter (they're cheap) and, possibly, a new mini pump.

I got lucky last year. If one of my tires had gone flat, that could have been a looooong walk/hitchhiking attempt to the next town. I am so taking a basic bicycle maintenance course before the next trip. I didn't even know what a Presta or Schrader valve was before tonight. I'm proving more and more that I'm Mr. Bean on a bicycle. >.<

(Day 8)

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