There. I said it. I work really hard to overcome the feeling that I should know everything because it's crazypants. I am also a slow learner. Ask me how long it took me to learn that I didn't have to know everything and that no one expected me to know everything...
I am also biker.
We have two kids and no car so we are heavy users of public transit and bike lanes. I bike to work all year long. The exercise has become necessary to my mental health in the winter and to my physical health since I sit at desk all day. I've been doing this for about three years but I have never tuned my bike myself except to apply oil to the chain weekly during the salty season. I've always spent $50.00 - $70.00 at a local bike shop to get it tuned. As someone who seems to pride herself in making from scratch - it was a bit embarrassing that I didn't know what to do with my bike.
When I blew a flat last week I knew that it was time for me to learn how to take care of my machine. I had to wait a week before I had the time to learn. Jason knows how to do all these sorts of things but I have a really slow learning brain and I get annoyed and impatient with him while he tries to help me. It makes us both happier when I seek help elsewhere.
I really don't want Fenner and Marlowe to think I know everything - the pressure shakes me up. I want them to know how and whom to ask for help and what better way than to show them. Fenner came with me to Bikesauce as an experiment in family learning. It could have been a disaster but instead we both learned how to change my tire and break pads with charm and dignity, in large part due to the amazing Bikesauce team.
The sweet faced Dude in the white T-Shirt here is Jonathan and he talked Fenner and I through removing and replacing my well worn break pads on my bike.
|Photo credit: Fenner|
|Wheels by Fenner|
A great way to spend an afternoon with Fenner too.