The past couple of weeks I have been trying to spend as little time as possible on the internet. I deactivated my facebook, and I stopped posting on twitter beyond 1 or 2 song lyrics a day. I have had so much spare time because of this I almost feel like I am a completely different person.
Last weekend, I decided that I wanted to start riding a bike again, for the first time in about 8 years. I went to my mothers house and grabbed my old bike to bring home and fix. I will say this right now, I know nothing about fixing bicycles.
All in all, it was a pretty easy fix, it needed a new rim on the back and the back brakes needed to be adjusted. I bought a new rim at the big bike shop here in Guelph, where one of the guys who works there recognized me as the mail-man who drives a Lincoln. I took that home and started to work.
Now, I was extremely tired and for some reason I ended up taking apart the entire hub on the new rim. Without the right bike tools (which I obviously do not have) this is extremely hard to do. I was about 3/4 of the way to having the whole hub taken apart before I realized that I shouldn’t have to be swimming in grease and bearings. I then attempted to put it all back together. This did not work.
My reassembly had the wheel catching something while it spun, and I was convinced I destroyed it. I went to bed feeling stupid and useless, intent on throwing the whole bike out when I woke up.
I woke up and decided to give it another shot. This time I took the entire rear hub again and put it back together right (I think one of the bearings were sitting in the hub crooked). The rim was fine again, and so I moved onto the new chain.
I tried using a chain tool I bought at Walmart, and it broke. I then got a new one from Canadian Tire, and it worked. As I tried to fit the chain over the gears, I noticed the links weren’t fitting right… I bought the wrong chain. I went back to Canadian Tire and got the right one. I fit the new chain on and started removing all the unnecessary parts on the bike. The rear brakes needed a lot more work than I was willing to put into them and the rim I bought allowed braking through backpedaling, so they went. I also removed everything to do with the gear switch and cables, the new rim I got was for single gears. I am pretty happy with the end result.
Along with building the bike, I have taken it upon myself to try and get out for a ride at least once a day for any reason. I’ve begun running errands which don’t need my car on the bike, and it’s a pretty enjoyable way to spend my time. Today I even went all the way to the mall for some coffee and groceries.
I’ve been meaning to get back into reading, and I’ve started making all of the meals I eat here at home. I think I am finally starting to come around, and I am making the changes necessary to start taking real chunks out of my debt.
Everything seems to be up. I am more alone than ever though, and with the only ways I ever met other people over the last few years (social networks), I feel it’s going to stay that way for a while. Emotionally, I’ve not been perfect these past few weeks, but I’m not going to whine about that.
I got a v-neck burn last week. It was the lamest.