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This fine procedure stretches for another day or two. I lack a patch, blue and tools to fix it myself. The bike shop tells me a new front tube is a good alternative. Well, it certainly is from his business point of view. The bike shop owner is a former RAF man, the Australian Royal Air Force. These blokes don't like maintenance jobs done half. Aircraft must be 100%. I value that approach, yet it is overdone for a second hand bike. This bike won't fly thousands of hours.
What the hack, it is ok, better outsource the troubles to a professional than fiddle around myself. The saddle is now fixed too.
So, cycling is a lot easier with a full front tyre. Now I can go and find a bit more rough terrain. On my way to the lower level nature reserve I hear something cracking. Oops, I've overpowered my bike. The back axes is broken. The bike moves, but not smooth and with a lot of noise.
You got a musical bike mate
sound like an encouragement when I cycle to town the next day.
Yeah, it is second hand and it tells I reply.
The 3km to town is too long a way with a broken axes.
So halfway I step down and start walking.
To the bike shop, I am now a regular customer. His quotation for a repair is a bit too high again, but there is no alternative. A few hours later he happily replaced the whole back wheel. Again, this drive for quality is nice, if only I stayed longer in Katherine than another week.
My original plan was to sell the bike at departure. Adding up all the costs almost make me cry, if only I could stop laughing. Now, I do know the difference between a problem and an expense. Yet adding the costs of the new back wheel this expense is turning more into a long term investment. How will I ever reach a return on this investment?