Know Anything About Bicycles?

Thor. Spike.

These are the names of a coworker’s car, and another’s bicycle.

My bike is named My Bike. No, really.

Okay, no, not at all.

This is my bike:

I bought it shortly after I moved to DC. Okay, granted, it’s spent most of the last two years collecting dust in my building’s basement. But as I’ve been losing weight and spending time on, among other things, exercise bikes, I’ve been wanting to ride again. Truthfully, I haven’t ridding a bicycle regularly in fourteen years.

Oh, and also? Riding a bike in DC scares the crap out of me. But I’ve got a helmet, and I’m willing to give it a try.

Unfortunately …

You might notice the front tire is completely flat. You might also notice there’s a bike pump behind the bicycle. Anyway, both tires were flat when I pulled it out of the basement. The back tire inflated — the front tire? Not so much.

Checking on Twitter for bike shop repair facilities, I was recommended to venture out to City Bikes in Adams Morgan. Describing the tire’s failure to inflate, it was suggested the problem is most likely the inner tube, which’ll need to be replaced.

So, um, anyone know about how much that’ll run? I’d like to get the work done early this coming Saturday so that I can do some biking Sunday and Monday mornings.

5 thoughts on “Know Anything About Bicycles?

  1. One, not to hate, but your bike is a hooptie and won’t be particularly pleasant to ride. But that doesn’t matter.

    Look at the tire size (it’s embedded into the rubber somewhere on the sidewall.) Go into CityBikes and find that size tube. Also pick up a pair of tire levers. Now go home and change the tube yourself — it’s completely absurd to drop cash for a job like this (or, honestly, most any bicycle work.)

    But to the point, I’d wager $18 minimum is what they would charge.

  2. If you do it yourself — not hard — tube will run less than $5, tire levers less than $3. Can’t tell from the picture if you have a quick release skewer. If not you will need a wrench. Also check for dry rot on the tire. That looks like a 26 inch mountain bike tire with a shrader valve. If you aren’t sure take the bad tube with you to the store. Buy at least 2 tubes. And if you haven’t been riding buy a small bottle of chain lube.

    http://bicycletutor.com/remove-install-wheels/

    http://www.monkeysee.com/play/807-bike-care-how-to-change-a-bike-tire-tube

  3. It shouldn’t be that expensive. A tube is roughly $30 at Wal-Mart. You should learn how to do this yourself because it’s not difficult. There is a small, simple hand-tool that you need to remove/replace the tube that will probably cost $10 or so. Take it to a bike shop the first couple of times to watch how it’s done. Good luck!

  4. Boo — it’s okay. It’s cheap, but I’m out of practice. Assuming I can relearn everything about biking on this thing, I can buy a nice bike next year.

    Sylvia – Thanks for the vids! I’ll stop by City Bike on Saturday and get the stuff I need, and see if I can fix it!

    Jules – Yep! Thanks for advice :)

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