A Good Bike Mechanic

Fixing a recent flat of mine in Tucson
Fixing a recent flat of mine in Tucson

It is imperative to have a good bike mechanic on any cycling trip. I am very lucky to have married one! His talents and skills keep us rolling without having to rely on expensive bike shop repairs and being held up while the repairs take place.

First flat in Ireland
First flat in Ireland

We experienced many flat tires in Ireland. Let me rephrase that, the mechanic experienced many flat tires in Ireland. My bike’s only problems were two broken spokes, at two different times no less.

Trusty tool kit
Trusty tool kit

With his trusty tool kit/pack and various bits and pieces of odd items (rubber from an old dinghy that came in handy during one of his flats and spokes given to us by a bike shop on the Aran Island of Inishmoir) we managed to cycle over 2000 miles without too much delay.

Second flat tire
Second flat tire
Third flat in Ireland
Third flat in Ireland
Fourth flat tire
Fourth flat tire
Changing the fifth flat tire in the rain
Changing the fifth flat tire in the rain
Sixth and final flat tire, we bought a new tube and tire after this one.
Sixth and final flat tire, we bought a new tube and tire after this one.