I am back from the service station, it was tougher than I had expected. The problem was: the people who work there are professionals. They care about bicycles. They see how much or how little care you take and - they let you know. They dissaprove rusty chains and rust in general.
I fought for my reputation: "But there was the salt, you know, the salty snow, after 10 minutes the chain will be a rusty mess the next day."
I was hoping for some respect. How many people ride their bike in the snow?
The problem is: that snow was like 5 weeks ago.
I asked, how much the new parts would cost in total. 400 EUR.
This calculation lead straight to the idea of a new bike = 650 EUR. Fully equipped, better components.
|is this waste?|
Buying a new bike is bad for the environment, because during the production process, the company uses a lot energy, the bike has to be shipped - probably with a truck - it comes with plastic wrapping etc.
Ok, ok, I do realise this sound radical.
What to do?
I stood there in the service station like a wet, showered cat: unhappy and without a plan.
I looked down at the broken pedal and decided to start with a quick fix:
|new pedals, old bike|
On my way home I came past these waste containers.
The old floors and the old doors in the waste containers somehow tell the story of my bike: one day they in use, the next day they are waste, because
It is irresponsible to ride a bike with worn out brakes, tires and a broken pedal. Replacing the pedals as a quick fix was the right thing to do. The brakes and tires will be replaced next week, for a fraction of the 400 EUR, far from the price for a new bike.
Some of the parts are "nice to have", they won't hazard me or others. The extended mudguard made of an empty mineral-water bottle plus scotch tape even serves as an icebreaker, because it looks so ridiculous. Ridiculous might be an appropriate label for this posting. ;-)
I might take this very seriously. Thinking about your own responsibilty is probably not the worst thing to do on a Sunday morning.
PS: did you notice? Street photography arrived at the blog! The young man was ripping out the floor tiles of the apartment and I asked him, if it is ok to take a photo. I should do this more often, because it is fun.