I have 2 weeks to write something here and I feel bad. But I have good news. Soon, I’m going to bring you the bike hack that will shatter everything that you knowDIY on bikes. A hack so sophisticated, beautiful and useful that some companies will have to change their factory plans until its too late. Take out your tools and be ready for the might blueprint that will transform your bike life!
A Story I wrote few years back for Evans cycles retro essay competion. It won a honorable mention as the “Most Hedonistic Story” and I got a collectible DVD of Tour de France history. Here it is:
When I was still a student a friend of my father from UK came to my city for two weeks to try a little bit of sea, hot sun and delicious watermelons. For his little trips around the city he bought for peanuts a second hand magnificent bike from an Italian student. He enjoyed so much his time here that he stayed to the city for 5 months(!). He used to wake up, take his bike and on the way to the beach, buy a huge watermelon, carry it all the way to the beach and open it by throwing it on the sea . Unfortunately, those magic vocations ended the day his pocket run out of money. The last day, really depressed, while I was in the University, he left his magnificent old green bike with a note in my room, and took the bus to the airport. The note was saying: “I’m leaving my loyal Italian friend to you. Please, don’t let him die miserably in your garage”. From that day the mightly Legnano and I, have visited almost every beach in Peloponnese. And I have eaten a ton of delicious watermelons.
Ok, first of all, this might seem ridiculous to some people. It’s a technique to carry your bike when you climb stairs. Almost every day I have to climb a huge stair of 150 steps with the heavy greek donkey on my shoulder. It was brutal in the beginning, especially in the evenings after the training. I’ve tried the mothod I described here bit it doesn’t work for very big stairs. So I found a convenient way to carry it without abusing a part of my body. I just incorporated the Massai (tribe in Africa) technique using the neck muscles to carry heavy loads, and now it’s easier than ever. They way I do it now, is this: Using the top tube of the bicycle I lift it up with my right hand and put it on my shoulder in an unbalanced way so weight distribution moves to the back. Using the right hand I support the weight so my shoulder doesnt feel uncomfortable and it also stops the bike from falling behind me. Now, with my head I support some of the bike weight by pressing it against my left hand that holds the stem. That’s it. Take a look ta the pics.