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Gadgets & Me: ReUnited!

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's been an "off" week for me with my gadgets:

1) On my way to work on Monday I got a flat.
2) My mp3 player died on me, had to send it in for a replacement
3) My PC's DVD drive died on me. Although I replaced it, my PC then died and refused to boot!

Well, had a colleague at work pick me up on Mon. so I could get to work. Took the bike in to get the flat fixed at lunchtime. A matronly-looking, knowledgeable, Rosie-the-Riveter type of lady fixed the flat and was very helpful with some of my cycling equipment questions. Found a used water bottle holder and a used under-the-seat pouch for my spare tire and a few little things for only $5 each...would run around $20 each new! Nice to be able to carry two water bottles now for my longer trips! She also tipped me off on using thicker tubes for my tires than what the manufacturer calls for. The usual tubes aren't a whole lot thicker than a balloon! This alternative was at least three times thicker. I'm hoping not to be troubled by another flat for a while...ugh! That is the drawback of the thinner, touring cycle tires as opposed to the heavier duty mountain bike tires.

Got my pc back today. They could find nothing wrong with it! Booted fine! But still charged me forty-some dollars to run diagnostic tests...grrr! But good to have it back.

Got my mp3 player back today too! Woo hoo! Back to waltzing with my reel mower! :-)

Mowed my lawn today with my push reel mower MINUS mp3 player (had to charge it up)...had let the grass go a bit too long had to give it some OOMPH as I jogged along! Worked up a BIG old sweat! 90 mins. usually has me finishing.

Getting ready for a longer bike ride both tomorrow AND Sunday!

Have a SPARKIN' weekend everyone!

Don
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FERRETLOVER1 8/15/2010 8:36AM

    Sounds like all's well that ends well-have a great ride!

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FRECKS96 8/14/2010 9:37AM

    There is always something when it comes to gadgets. Glad all of yours seem to be back to 100%. Have a great weekend and enjoy your rides!!

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DOLLBABE56 8/14/2010 9:27AM

    In spite of your misfortunes this week, you could actually say it was a positive one! Have fun this weekend.

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KMATIS 8/14/2010 9:17AM

    Well--it was the week of Friday the 13th--you just spread it out all week instead of one day!

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LADYGWEN25 8/14/2010 8:47AM

    ahh techology... you never know how dependent on it you become until you lose it...lol... glad you've got everything back in working order Don. :)

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/14/2010 8:05AM

    They say things happen in threes. What a bummer about the computer.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/14/2010 7:46AM

    I wish there were one of those cars behind me with wheels on the roof - so I just have to stick my arm up when I needed another bottle or a wheel changed ROFL. With all the riding you have done I am surprised it hasn't happened more often.

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GR8CATSBY 8/14/2010 7:42AM

    I wish there was a AAA for cyclists! I fix my own flats but of course it's a pain, especially the back tire.
I have a hybrid bike. The original tires were 38cm, but I got skinnier ones - I think they're 30cm now. The kind I've had for the last few years are tougher (thicker? and a bit heavier) and are prone to fewer punctures. At one point I got really heavy-duty ones - I think they were called Armadillo - but I got a flat with them and they were so tough I couldn't take the tire off the rim. Had to return them - if I'm going to be out by myself on my bike, I HAVE to be able to fix a flat.
I didn't know there were inner tubes less prone to punctures - will have to look into that.

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DDOORN 8/14/2010 7:30AM

    Got the pump, got the spare tube, but again it was the rear wheel...I'm all thumbs mechanically and have only watched a fellow change the tube on the rear tire once at the bike shop. Yeah, absolutely right, coulda, shoulda, woulda, but haven't yet mastered this.

Don

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ZELLAZM 8/14/2010 6:31AM

    ahhhhh, technology! Glad you're up and running again on all fronts...have a great weekend!

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L*I*T*A* 8/14/2010 12:49AM

    sounds like things happen in three"s????
well glad things got fixed....
have a great weekend......
blessings and hugs...........lita

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XENA1956 8/14/2010 12:21AM

    I was sort of wonderfing the same thing whether you can fix your own tire or not?? Most of my friends who ride can do all of that stuff. I agree if you don't know how get that nice lady to show you how and give her a big tip. Sounds like you got some good exercise with push mower. Keep up the good work and I hope all you gadgets are done giving you a hard time.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/13/2010 11:09PM

    Dude, is there something special about your bike that makes it so you can't fix your own flats? I'm confused. Especially since you've been doing all this long-distance riding.

You can't possibly be riding around without a pump, a patch kit, tire irons, and a spare tube, are you?

And if you are, then you need to get the matronly woman at the shop to teach you how to fix a flat yourself and then get the tools so you can do it on the roadside. LOL

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