February 19th, 2010

beartato phd

(no subject)

Today I adjusted my bike's brake cables all by myself after I discovered that the Ikea tool left over from Ikea furniture purchases last fall is exactly the right size to loosen and tighten the bolts that hold the brake cables in place.

I am still sort of beset by extreme nervousness about adjusting mechanical things that I depend on for the security of life and limb an'nat, but I very conscientiously made sure that they seemed not too tight (after the first adjustment they were, and I could hear the wheel scraping against the allegedly "open" brake pad) and not too loose and that the bolts were as securely tightened as I could manage.

Anyway they're holding up so far. I think ultimately I'm safer than I was yesterday when my back brake was getting very wimpy.