And Then I Decided to Repaint My Bike
It happened so fast, I couldn’t stop it if I tried.
This whole thing started during one of our nightly chats. Sipping tea and fantasizing about all the wonderful bike things we’re going to do. A bike tour across the country. A bike tour in Canada. Maybe I’ll write a novel in between. Maybe he’ll start his own custom bike business.
Somewhere in that hazy fog of “dreaming big” I started talking about a certain design that I’d “one day” like to see on my bike. You know… some future bike. On some unknown date in the future, TBD.
But that’s not how we roll (get it?). Before I realized this was for real, we had designed a custom paint job for my current road bike. And what perfect timing, because we had a sufficient justification for the rest of society should they attempt to judge us–it would be Jason’s birthday gift to me!
As you can see, I was not exaggerating in my latest Life with a Hardcore Cyclist comic (see here). You gotta admit, I’m pretty hardcore when it comes to carrying things on my bike! However, I completely forgot to include the attachment for my U-Lock (thanks for pointing that out CH!). I only have one because Jason carries the others. Yes. Plural.
And yes, that is road bar handletape on my flat handlebars. Flat handlebars were boring and I missed seeing that pretty blue on my bike, so I made Jason put it back on wherever he could.
RIPPED TO PIECES
I barely had a chance to take these ‘before’ pictures before Jason was back in our apartment ripping her to shreds. You see, he takes his job very seriously and wanted to get to work. That’s great and all, but one last ride would have been nice…
Anyway. The first task was to disassemble the bike. He took her apart with such ease and grace that it made me a little uncomfortable. My steed. My tank. The bike that has never gotten a flat. She was torn apart in seconds!
(Note: Jason requested that I specify it actually took him about an hour)
Whatever. It was torture seeing her pieces, knowing that it would be over a week before I could ride her again.
Stay tuned to see how she turned out (spoiler alert: awesome)!