Remember a few months back when I was in France and my bike tyre got a puncture? Well, I tried to mend it without success. Be blowed if I could find where the hole was. I pumped the tyre back up and it was as flat as a pancake again within minutes. A leaky valve perhaps. Who knows? I decided to treat myself to a new inner tube to see if that would rectify the problem. So off I popped down to Halfords and it was a revelation. A whole wall of inner tubes including some rather expensive ones that repair themselves. How do they do that? Perhaps there's a flat elf embedded in them who pops up and comes to life to fix the hole when it happens. Who knows. As Louis would say 'Is it magic?' Anyway I was suitably impressed and bought a matching pair and a repair thingy that goes on a keyring for emergencies that might happen when I'm out and about. For after all I was a guide and our motto was 'Be Prepared' even if you don't know what to do with the equipment that you've brought for emergency use.
Yesterday was gorgeous. Just the weather for working outside on the bike. I'd replace those inner tubes and solve some squeaking. Who needs a bloke to do these things for you? I soon found out that having one around might have been very handy indeed. I managed to get my chain in knots and things went pear-shaped with the brakes. A pad fell off and the back ones firmly stuck themselves on permanently. I managed to cover myself and a favourite creamy coloured T-shirt in grease and there was oil everywhere. Where's a man when you want one!!!!!!!!
And what do you know? I found one. Not some campsite lothario. They're extremely thin on the ground. No, here's the very cute and unfeasibly young Jacob who I soon two-timed as Jesse came along, At some time during the afternoon I also flirted heavily with a nice Irishman who was nearer my age. Thank you boys. You've taught me skills for life. Even though I get into a bit of a tangle I can now remove wheels, insert inner tubes correctly and adjust brakes so that they don't squeak anymore. So now you're all chucked. I have no further need for you!