I have a confession to make
Confession: I have never had to deal with a flat tire on a bike. Not only that, I haven’t done any real bike repairs to speak of. Does that lack of experience concern me? A bit, I guess, but what makes me less inclined to stress it, even though I know that, at some point in time, we’ll have to deal with a mechanical issue somewhere in the outback, is the knowledge that, when we first bought our cat, we didn’t know anything about fixing boats either! Like most cruisers, we just learned on the job. I suspect we’ll be able to do the same with biking too, and there is no way that a bike is anywhere as complex a machine as a boat. Plus we have Youtube!
How hard could it be? I think I should trademark that! 🙂
Just about every single day I read about one of our fellow cruisers having to deal with mechanical problems. Sometimes these issues occur while on passage, and are significant enough that the people actually end up in a certain amount of danger. Outside of having a wheel failure at high speed, or being hit by a car, I have to imagine that biking is… I don’t know, safer? No, given traffic accidents, not safer, but certainly less complex. And in my mind, that’s a good thing! Being stuck somewhere for weeks on end while complex repairs are made, or “boat projects” are completed, is not something that we will miss!
The definition of adventure: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks. Based upon that, our friend George had a real “adventure” on the water recently. Scary stuff!