This is why I often find myself standing in the garage, hands in my pockets, staring hopelessly at the wall, paralyzed with indecision, altogether unsure of where or how to begin. I hereby present to you my winter project list.
1. Last-minute, final tune-up on Claire’s bike so I can give it to her (finally!) next week. This involves a brake adjustment, a derailleur adjustment, and re-lubricating the chain.
2. I have a Murray Leisure Tour that was given to me for Re-Bicycle Lenawee. It’s not exactly like the one pictured above, but it’s similar. For starters, the one I have is a ten-speed. Anyway, this things looks more or less like a piece of junk, or at least like nothing you’d ever bother writing home about. Regardless, I have to get it fixed up and ready to go, or else get it in good enough shape to take to the co-op where we can finish it up and help it find its way into the hands of a Re-Bicycle client. One way or the other, I’ve got to get it out of my garage.
3. Overhaul and tune-up my Fuji Roubaix. Unlike the stock photo above, my bike is looking and sounding very tired of late. I’ve put over 6,000 miles on it, so I think it’s time to replace the brake pads, headset, and bottom bracket, at least. She’s also due for a new chain and new tires. Since I’m not likely to be buying a new bike anytime soon, I have to keep this one running smoothly, and make sure it’s ready to go come spring.
4. Figure out what to do with my green Fuji. I miss riding it. At the very least, I still need to figure out how to remedy, once and for all, the recurring problem of the rear wheel slipping out of alignment. Beyond that, however, I’ve toyed with reconfiguring it a bit (e.g., swapping out the drop bars for a moustache handlebar, and replacing the drive train with a single chain ring up front and an internally-geared hub in the rear).
5. Last but not least, tackle this thing. I don’t know what to do with it. On one hand, I think, who cares? Just do something. On the other hand, I feel all this pressure to make it count (whatever the heck that means). So, do I make it into a speedy commuter? A cyclocross bike? A touring bike? A fixed gear or single speed bike? It seems like half the options would recreate something I already have, while the other half would create things I’m ambivalent about. But that brings us back to the first question: who cares? Just build something. I’ve stripped the bike down to the frame. I even gone so far as to disassemble the wheels and to polish the high-flange hubs, which I’d like to keep on the bike, no matter what I decide to do with it.
So there you have it. Too many options and obstacles. It doesn’t help one bit that, most of the time, I have no idea what on earth I’m doing. Then there’s the fact that everything costs money.
Incidentally, this tendency toward indecision and paralysis brought on by over-stimulation is also to blame for my inability to get anything done at my day job.