February 25th, 2013
Bikes Fixed: 43
Bikes/Day Avg: 2.15
This counts as a flat tire.
Fun fact: The screw went all the way through. Yup. It’s a long screw.
Is it that time again?
It certainly is.
Yes, I’ve been busy, but I’ll be darned if I don’t post at least once a week. Actually, this will just be a short post, and I have an idea for a longer one tomorrow (no work on Tuesdays, which I’ll explain in that post), and an idea for a shorter one after that. I traveled last weekend (which the longer post tomorrow will feature) which is why I haven’t posted recently.
Teaser: One of the places I traveled to. Serious kudos if you know where it is and what’s going on (hint: This only happens once every 12 years).
Anyways — theme for today: What counts?
You’ll notice I’m already on bike 43 and it’s only day 20. This is… well, awesome. In my mind, though, it’s also questionable.
“Two bikes a day!,” I think — “I must be cheating!”
Rickshaw drivers don’t cheat.
Okay, I’m not cheating, but I am wondering: What counts? When I started this project I said I wanted to “fix bikes.” Does that mean I have to spend a certain amount of time on them? What if I don’t finish in that amount of time? What if I spend twice that amount, or work on five bikes in that time?
If certain repairs qualify, are some worth more than others? EG, if building a set of wheels for a bike and then building the bike only counts as one, then what if I just build wheels? Or just build a bike (wheels pre-built)?
Lately, we have been building fewer bikes, and focusing more on customers (exactly what happens in the springtime, by the way — if there’s a shop that hasn’t stocked up by now, it’s already too late). This means I’ve been doing a lot of quick repairs —
“Kyle, could you true this wheel for me?”
“Hey, this headset needs to be adjusted.”
“Could you patch this tube for me?’
(that’s what I imagine they are saying, anyways, but they are speaking in Hindi and the only part I understand is the gestures and facial expressions)
Guess what this expression means.
Some of those things might take 30 seconds. Do they count?
If you’ve been following me on Twitter (which auto-posts to Facebook) you saw that post a while ago: “I fixed so many bikes I’m reconsidering the definition of ‘fix.’ ” This is what I was referring to. I fixed ten bikes that day. Did I cheat?
What’s your opinion? Comment below!
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As a side note, today someone gestured “true this wheel” to me, and I responded by pushing them the spoke wrench (“You true it, I’m busy” — I was doing a brake adjust). He pointed to himself and said a negative sentence in Hindi and pointed to me and said a positive sentence in Hindi. Then he handed me the wheel and the spoke wrench. I took it to mean, “I can’t,” or “I don’t know how,” or “I’m not as good as you,” (…) “you must do it for me.”
If I’m right, then today, I was exactly where I was supposed to be. And that feels pretty good.
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
Not that the view isn’t great.
More to come.