Within a week of my moving to Fuerte, I bought a bicycle.
‘One day,’ I thought, ‘I will write a concise cycling guide to the island. But first I have to learn how the bike works.’
You can see the absurdity of my thinking then. You don’t have to know how the telly works to write a good guide to, say, the BBC comedy. But that was the reason why I ordered The Bike Book, mostly on the strength of Amazon reviews entitled “A must for any cyclist” and suchlike.
Of course it is not a “must for any cyclist”. Not in Corralejo anyway. Take the chain fixing (page 78): the job difficulty is rated “four spanners” (four is a maximum in this book), takes about 20 minutes, and you still have to go to a bike shop first to get a replacement rivet or pin. In the bike shop where I go the whole operation takes about 10 minutes and costs €3.
Still, I learned a lot, even though this knowledge isn’t particularly useful.
With a new chain, you get around 114 links.I did not know that before and I still don’t understand why do I need to. Or:
It sounds easy enough to undo the wheels and pull them out, but you really need three hands.Well I ain’t doing any of that then.