Bike Newport repaired Reed’s bike Friday.
A bent derailleur hanger. My son and I tried to
diagnose the metal on metal jingle. Couldn’t figure it out.
Elliott hooked up his diagnostic computer, made micro adjustments and leveraged a aluminum bar clamp device to align the stars. Brought us back. Thank you Bike Newport.
We all had our masks on. Signs spoke of social distance and limited hours: Monday – Friday 12-5. New bikes arriving – repairs and builds happening. It’s not been easy. But the mood was up.
My past normal was riding during lunch break. The shop is on my tiny circuit around the County courthouse vicinity. That ½ hour is my recharge. Liberation by bike.
It struck me earlier in the week.
Called the shop.
Do you have hours?
I sense stress.
This abrupt pivot.
Everybody’s got a story to tell. 50 days since my last lunch break ride. From work to home office/home schooling isolation. Pass the torch. Power through it. Dispersed with shots of awe.
How are the Crowders? How is Bike Newport making its pivot?
This activity – this bike riding – in the Coronaverse. A joy/health/survival activity. A spring fever antidote in any era. The Shop has got their safety and logistics going. If riding feels essential – and for Reed and I it does – the shop is a resource.
What of the proximity to others when riding? What about masks when riding? How to outdoor activities orient for safety and spread reduction?
For that my good reader I hyperlink you to Outside Magazine. “Inside the Controversial 6-Foot Social-Distancing Study” Last week a paper suggested that runners and cyclists need much more than six feet. The report went viral, and backlash ensued. But there was some legitimate science behind the claims. Read it. Think about it.
Hang with it and you will decipher droplet spreading aerodynamics.
Riding increases heart rate and fluid movement. Dodge the spray. Or, just spread out. Way more than six feet.
Awkward. How to do we move space time – expand density? Not used to this. You seem so distant, lately? COVID. Everywhere all the time. Looking for to the return to normal. But, what will that even look like? Patience. Hope.