The final installment of our five-part series by Daniel, who is getting married this summer and will soon have to reallocate his vintage parts fund into college savings plans.
2. Using a screwdriver for mounting and dismounting tires.
How many times did I find the need to take off a tire to service a flat using a screwdriver? I’ve used this method for years, ignoring all the warning labels on the new tube box that said “do not use screwdrivers for mounting tires.” Until I started caring more about the longevity of the tubes, I looked for a better option, and found it in the kitchen. Large rounded spoon and fork handles work best in place of screwdrivers and don’t cost you a trip to the bike store to buy these things I found called “tire levers” (which among other things is tricky to say) when you have a flat. I’ve also found that dish soap applied to the bead before mounting of a tire will allow it to fit a rim better, many times eliminating the need for tools sometimes almost completely.
1. Inverting the bike to work on it.
My number one back to my roots ways of fixing a bicycle has got to be just flipping it over on its handlebars and seat. I never even knew a bike stand existed until a few years ago and have yet to use one to this day. I’m sure they work great, I’ve got one on my wish list, but for now, the tried and true method of inverting the bike seems to prove reliable.