Spring is here for real! Time to swap out the Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires for the good ol’ regular tires and clean up the nasty snow grit. On Saturday I spent a couple of hours with my garage set up as a temporary workshop to accomplish these tasks.
While my husband changed his tires, I installed the Wald basket and Planet Bike rack on Smurfette. Now everything is set up – except the bell. I don’t want just any bell and have been trolling eBay for something vintage. I think Smurfette now looks quite snazzy!
I love the Wald basket – nice and big. Another plus is that it does not cover the Kabuki headbadge. I put it at a rakish angle for some attitude. The small lights are Knog Bullfrogs, bright LEDs with multiple blinking speeds that are sleek and don’t need to be mounted.
I have not ridden Smurfette all week because on Monday morning, the air pump ripped out the valve and the tire flattened instantly. A quick trip to the local bike shop was necessary for a new 26 inch tube because I had only 700c tubes laying around. Monday I should be able to ride Smurfette to work for the first time, now that she is all commutered-out.
Speaking of my garage – good news for me! My upstairs neighbor and I finalized a deal for her to rent my garage parking space now that I no longer own a car. I’m giving it to her at a great price since it’s no skin off my back – she bought a Smart car, so there will still be plenty of room for my collection of bikes. A check for a year’s worth of parking is coming, half of which is going straight to my bike fund. This means my bike fund is at optimal level to make a purchase, although I may not do so for a couple of months. Stay tuned for details :)