Friday, February 20, 2009

I Think I Love You....


I did some long overdue maintenance on my commuter bike.

The tread on the tires aren't rounded anymore, both tires are squared off from use.

I'm inspecting them to see if I can squeeze out any more miles on them when I find an inch long split in the rear tire, running the length of the tire (not across), right in the middle of where the tread would be.

Darn. I suppose I could boot it.
I suppose I should just break down and buy a new tire.
I suppose I should just give in to buying a set of new tires because the front isn't looking that great either.

So I start getting sentimental over my tires. Thinking of all the miles on them, the places they have taken me, the joy, the pain, the freedom.

Turns out that I love my tires.

I don't love them because of the brand - they are rather cheap, workhorse road tires, as much as a 700 x 23 tire can be. I love them because they have been a part of my sacred chain driven journey.

But it's time to let them go. It's bittersweet to say goodbye.


Maybe I can recycle them into something useful.
Beer News: Recently bottled: X-treme X-sport Pale Ale
Bottling this weekend: Atomic Alt with specality grains.

10 comments:

D A N O said...

I have most of my favorite old worn out tires still hanging in the garage!

oldmanandhisbike said...

Tires.
Crap.
I thought you were just being nice and letting me know that you appreciate me.
Well.
But I am second, right?
Right behind the old, squared off tires?

Snakebite said...

You can fix that tire! Two words, OK some letters and one word -

JB Weld!!!

Michelle said...

I'm going to keep them. I will use them on the trainer. Jb weld.....I didn't think of that. Naw, time to replace.

Old man, is your luv tank a little low? Here's a sweet nothing just for you...You will ALWAYS be second after my tires! Haha!

oldmanandhisbike said...

WooHoo! I'll take second.
Are there any special beer privilages that come with that honor (hint, hint)?

Michelle said...

I could send you glassware and a yeast sample.

Smarry said...

I'm going to keep them. I will use them on the trainer. Jb weld.....I didn't think of that. Naw, time to replace.

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