Thursday, February 07, 2008
for real. its my winter bike, here is the story. its a brown Schwinn varsity, i bought it for $30.00 bucks out of some dudes yard (yeah yeah i know $30.00 is a lot for a Schwinn but i felt like the guy really needed the cash) i turned it into the scariest fixed gear ever! it was super sketchy,im talking 27 inch wheels,53 18 gearing,suicide hub and platform pedals. last year i decide that i would spend a few bucks and make it safe. i bought a bottom bracket conversion kit so i could use a regular bottom bracket and put the wheels off my iro on it because i sold the iro. i used some old mtb cranks and bottom bracket and the chain line was really really far off...but it worked.once i hit a bump while in traffic and because my chain was loose and my chain line was so far off my chain came off and wrapped around the spokes stopping the wheel dead! i survived it but feel i used one of my nine lives. next its the one i hit the lady on,and the other day the rear tire split going around a corner and i almost went face first into the pavement. so i locked to the parking meter out front and let it get covered with salt and snow to show it who's boss. today i decide that i wanted to have fenders again and my good bike is getting covered in crap. i bought a new $15 tire and went to put it on. the tube that was in there had a hole near the stem so i used a back up tube,i put it in, pumped it up to 80psi and was making sure it was seated right...all close to it and... BAM! the tube blew so loud, its been three hours and my ears are still ringing! im pretty sure the people who live downstairs think one of us are dead because it sound just like a gun shot. i gave up,its sitting in the corner silently taunting me. i used to call it The Noodle because it was so soft under you but now im thinking of calling it Christine.
please tell me other people have cursed bikes and im not just crazy.