We’d been here and there in Italy and were
Turns out a quick-release spring had escaped and found its way into a crack between some paving stones. “Uh-oh,” I thought “must have spring to ride” since the spring provides leverage and tension to help hold your wheel in place. What to do? Well we agreed not to rip the hotel’s patio apart and we searched our supplies for a spare quick-release spring. Although we generally carry all manner of small parts, an extra spring was lacking.
The day’s ride was delayed as “butter-fingers” went on a mission to visit the local bicycle repair shop in town. Italians are gregarious, friendly folks in general and our cyclist returned with a “borrowed” quick-release spring. The shops only request was that the spring be returned after use. It was a request easily granted.
About three-quarters of the way up the climb, “Mr. Mechanic” flatted. The wheel with the substitute spring and a nearly new tire had a sidewall rubbed through. Guibert, a 10-year-old cyclist, watched as the “sgonfiato pneumatico” was changed, the tire “booted” and the quick-release spring re-installed in the correct direction. (Check diagram above.)
The remainder of the ride was mechanically uneventful but just as significantly memorable as the start of our day. How could it be otherwise? We were visiting cycling heaven.
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