Ok I’ll admit it right here and now. I am a terrible bike owner. I love bikes and the freedom they give me but when it comes down to taking care of them I suck! Anything goes wrong and I run to my local bike shop. Oh sure, if I tried I could probably fix my own bike but I don’t. In fact this very morning I packed up my Ortleib panniers (I ❤ my Ortleibs!) which might I add can get quite heavy what with my laptop, running stuff, lunch, other stuff I cart around with me, bike lock etc etc. and took them down to the garage. I started putting them on the commuter bike (2005 Specialized Sirrus) and noticed the squishyness of the tires from the weight. Damn! I remember thinking last time I put my bike back that I will need to pump up these tires. However as I started to pull out the bike pump I remember, its bike to work week! This means there will be a pitstop on Wells near Village Cycle! No need to get my hands dirty when I know I can have someone do it for me! Yes, this is how sad I am. So I ride down Clark (drafting behind some cyclist dude in spandex for most of the way) then hit wells and hit the pitstop. The nice young man fills my tires no questions asked and I head out on my own merry way with fully inflated tires going twice the speed as I was earlier! Win win! In my guilt I did confess my lazyness to the guy who just laughed :).
I LOVE bike to work week!