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Just Keep Pedaling

For as long as I can remember, I’ve known how to ride a bike.  It’s one of those skills that Mom and Dad taught me as a wee one and it never faded…ever.  In the past year or so, I have grown quite attached to my two-wheel cruiser since biking is one of the few physical activities that won’t aggravate my troubled knees.  Living in a small community, it’s great being able to bike to the gym, the store, the library, etc.  But just within the past month, Old Man Winter decided to show up and I had to retire my bike for the next few months, so I’ve resorted to my workout area in our basement to pedal away my daily stresses on my stationary bike.  Er, at least that was the plan anyway.

I was actually excited for my first winter workout.  You know, a little change of pace from the same old, same old.  I hopped on my bike and about spun right out of my seat.  The light-up display board stayed blank and the typical resistance was 100% lacking, thus the free spin of my feet off the pedals.  Just what I needed, a malfunctioning bike and now was NOT the time to think about a replacement.  My bike is a commercial grade bike that if I had to replace it, it would cost me an arm and a leg ($1,000+) and this is not part of our Project Money plan!

It took me a while to find it, but I mustered up the owner’s manual and did a little troubleshooting.  I still wasn’t sure what the issue was, so I emailed the manufacturer and asked for a little input.  They gave me the option to send a tech out to our home at the whopping rate of $100/hr plus the price of replacement parts.  No thank you.  Option #2 please.  Battery replacement...sounds simple, right?  WRONG!  This lovely piece of health equipment had about a million screws to get past to unearth the battery for the display board and we weren’t even sure this was the final fix.  Lo and behold, it was just the battery that was the issue.  So rather than a) buying a new bike or b) paying a hefty fee for a technician to come diagnose and fix the issue, we managed to keep our repair cost to a minimum ($22 battery from AND my bike is working like a champ again!  It may have caused me some inconvenience and some frustration while Brandon and I worked to fix it, but in the end, it was just a minor pot hole that we were able to afford to fix. 

Knock on wood, we’ve been setback-free during this competition!  I was a bit worried that my bike would be a semi-costly setback and something we’d have to wait to fix until after we would have money set aside for it, but luck was on our side and I’m back in business pedaling away the winter blues. 

One last little side note – this quote seemed all too fitting for this blog.  Just like riding a bike, managing finances takes balance and we, too, need to keep moving because our money never stops moving.

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  - Albert Einstein




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And don't you feel so good that you trouble shooted and fixed the problem??!!! Team Steinmetz is doing great - and for a $22 setback - that's awesome!! Way to go!!! I would hate to think that the $100/hour bike mechanic coming out would have been $150 (battery included!). ha ha!

Another idea, in case your stationary bike gives you grief again, is a bike trainer. (In case you're not familiar, it's a hoist that you put your actual road bike onto for indoor training). I bought a used one from a friend a few years ago for $50 & it works great with my road bike.

Interesting comparison between bike riding and money - thanks for the post.

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