Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred in June, 2011.
In my last post, A New World, I mentioned digging my old Huffy Snakeriver bicycle out of the storage building. It took me quite a while but I finally cleaned it up and took my first tenuous ride. Well, it wasn’t really the first ride, but the first ride in over 15 years. Talk about exhilarating! 🙂 I only went, maybe, half a mile but it was still a lot of fun. Yeah, I know. It’s not a fancy bike with a lot of doodads, but its still in decent shape and handles well. That’s a lot for a bike that’s at least 18 years old and has never had any repairs. I aired up the tires over 3 weeks ago to see if the tubes would still hold air. One had only lost 2 pounds of air, the other not quite 3 pounds. Amazing! When giving the bike it’s “once over” I noticed the gear shifters were a little stiff (who wouldn’t be after sitting around more than 15 years), the padded seat cover had lost it’s cushioning, and the chain was in desperate need of oil, but other than a very small amount of rust here and there I found no other physical problems with it. I’ll run it over to a bike shop when I have some free time for them to check it out and make any necessary adjustments, but since I’m totally swamped with backpacker shuttles this time of year who knows when that will be. Guess I’ll have to wait a while before doing any longer rides. Safety first you know. Once I have it back I’ll give it all the loving care it deserves. Maybe more. I can’t wait for my first “decent” ride of several miles. That one will probably be around one of the nearby towns to reacquaint myself with the shifters and hand brakes. After that there’s no telling where I may go… as long as it’s relatively flat. I’m not ready to tackle the nearby mountains yet. Anyway, I’ll let you know how my bike’s “doctor visit” went. 🙂
Here’s how my bike looks after a quick clean up following years in storage.