Simple goal – go for a bike ride to see the petroglyphs at Tyson’s Wash. Bryce hadn’t seen them and wanted to, so Charlene was going to take him over for a look-see. I was going to go with them as far as I could before my wrists acted up on the rocky ground. But Charlene’s bike tires needed some air first. The front was no problem, but the rear had a Presta valve, which is a fairly rare style. The good news was that it included a common Schrader valve adapter. The bad news was that it just wouldn’t let air in.
Bryce showed up with a hand pump that instantly adapted to either. It wouldn’t take air from his setup either. Our guess was that the Slime puncture-resistant goo inside had solidified enough to seal the thing off, and nobody had a spare valve. So, I very graciously let Charlene use the Enterprise’s Raleigh shuttlecraft. My generous and sacrificial spirit was aided by the certainty that I wouldn’t be able to hack the distance involved anyway. No skin off my nose!
So off they went, and came back some hours later having made it to their goal. Turns out the pitched-forward cant of the Raleigh quickly put too much weight on Charlene’s wrists too, and she stuck Bryce with that hog for the rest of the ride! Fortunately, Bryce is in stellar shape and had no particular complaints upon arriving. He then cheerily departed for his own campsite, some 6+ miles away.
I didn’t have to be very concerned about it, since he has invested in a Neo Jumper electric bike. This is an upscale electric that costs about as much as a questionable used car, and he let me take a spin on it. Weird! It was set to “pedal assist”, which turns on power whenever the pedals are spun a little. Even though it was set to the lowest possible setting, the power it had was a pleasant surprise. I could get used to this! Actually, I had better not – I’m supposed to exercise, so an electric bike would be a bad idea for me right now unless I were trying to cover a lot of ground out of necessity. He recharges it right from his house battery pack, using an inverter and special charger for its lithium battery. Also on the plus side, it requires no license, tags, or fees that a motorbike must have. Part of what makes it so expensive is that it has a full suspension on both front and rear, which makes it mighty cushy indeed on rough ground.
I will have to eventually figure out what to do about the Raleigh. The handlebars need to be raised a lot, and the cabling setup it has prevents swapping in taller bars, or even raising the existing stem. It’s a “racing” position, and places a lot of weight on one’s forearms. Not built for comfort or just pooping around town. Too bad it’s such a decent bike otherwise.