Bike Repair Specialist

August 25, 2008

frog555

I bought an old 12-speed Schwinn bike a while back for twenty bucks. Unfortunately I discovered the chain regularly jumped off the sprocket when shifting. I took it to a bike repair place and was informed that I was looking at seventy dollars in parts and that didn’t include labor. I decided to fix that bike myself.

The front sprocket was the problem. It was all beat up and bent and rubbing on the derailer, so I decided to remove it and replace it with a new one. I worked forever trying to remove the front drivetrain, but it would not come off, so I jumped to my tried and true last resort option. I took a hammer and tried to beat one of the peddles off. That did not work either.

I decided if I could not remove the damaged sprocket I would just have to repair it. I took a wrench and a hammer and beat the tar out of the teeth of that sprocket until I got every last one of them in line… sorta. That’s what you call fixing a bike old school.

I am happy to report that after repairing this bike I was able to ride it proudly around our neighborhood. It now has only four working speeds, two high and two low… but how many speeds do you really need on a twelve speed bike, anyway?

The Comments

Doug Jones

Well… along the same lines… we now have a recumbent bike that my father-in-law put hundreds of miles on. He can’t ride it anymore so it is now in my garage. I looked at it yesterday and decided with two new tires and tubes I’d be in business… like riding a bicycle in an easy chair…

Dennis Jones

…hey, those are expensive bikes… I would love to take one of those out for a spin sometime… kinda like driving a low-rider around town I’m guessing…

Don Jones

The latest two-wheeled contraption around our house is Janson’s electric Razor. Believe it or not, I tweeked it the other day and now the chain scrapes and makes noise. Nice job Daddy.

Jason Bourne

I need to get new wheels on my bike and attach a lot baloons to it so I could float around town.

Bernard

ahem…excuse me but did anyone notice that there is a “FROG” heading this blog? Oh, how stupid of me…a 6 year old knows that a really cool looking Frog stands for “Retro” bikes! Kinda makes me want a mountain dew. recumbent bike? Us peasants would never have been able to own one of those. I think?

Dennis Jones

…Bernard, back in 2005 when this blog first started, I tried really hard to make the text and pictures match up… as you can see, I have totally given up on that… a story about fixing a bike… hmm… here’s a picture of a frog… that’l do…

Dennis Jones

…hey Don… I was noticing the weight limit on those Razors is 220 lbs… you weren’t riding Janson’s Razor were you?? …is that why it the chain needed adjustment??

Doug Jones

BeRnaRdo… I am surprised that a veteran commenter like you has not caught on to the subtilties of this blog. Anything posted by us here, is totally AWESOME. That is a given. So instead of wasting much time saying “dittos” and “great awesomeness”… we spend our time talking about other things such as repairing bicycles. We leave the raving about the artworks to you guys… so get with it… rave a little… how bout them water drops?

Don Jones

I thought you might catch that weight limit notification. Yes, I have ridden it… a couple of times. It does not seem to ZIP around the driveway like it does with Janson riding it. The tires go flat when I step on it and you can almost hear the chain begging for relief.

Dennis Jones

…awesomeness ditto’s, Doug …first time commenter, long time reader… just wanted to say how much I liked the water drops in this picture…

Jason Bourne

Yup. The water drops are so cool. They kida make me thirsty.

Jason Bourne

Whoops…that should be “kinda”.

Bernard-O

Aghhh Man! What an awesome Frog! I’m going stark RAVE’n mad here looking at this art man. Dudes….what’s with the bike verbage? ….is that better?

Bernard-O

…wait a minute! First you call us peasants, now we’re just commenters. We can’t all keep up with the Jones you know? Man, I love this blog. No comment-blocking or deleting software here!

Doug Jones

note to KEEGAN… block this Bernardo guy… the sooner the better…

Bernard-O

Haaaaa…..my God, I’m gonna get fired here. My co-workers are telling me that nothing can be this funny and that I need to keep it down…and I have my own office ya’know. Where else are you gonna find: Not one but three artists, all brothers and all a complete riot to read and visit. I can’t take it no more. I’m done! …for today. Bye.

Abner

Doug, I second the block…geesh this dude is obnockious!

Doug Jones

Abner… are you Li’l?

Abner

Doug. I agreed with you that we should block this Bernard guy, why the quip on me? I come here here to see some digital artwork that may broaden my experience and help my students explore new ways of using color. Not to be insulted.

Bernard

Hey Abner, easy. It’s all good…I can take it! I got skin as thick as some of the Dino’s Dennis paints here. Sorry, if I offended you…what kind of students do you have? Frogs! Hey Jason, before you Christians go gathering a bunch of stakes and some kerosene, let me just say a Cintiq otta help me just fine!

Ralph

Man, something’s not right here. I’ve been in and out of schools for over 35 years and I never knew any teacher named Abner?

Bernard

35 years of school? How did you manage that Steve?

Steve

I’m a janitor.

Dennis Jones

…note to Keegan… block my comments… the sooner the better…

Doug Jones

Li’l Abner is what I cut my artisic teeth on back in the comic strips… Just wondered if you wuz the ONE! Liked them Shmoos too…

Doug Jones

we’re going for a record comment day here… now where were we… talking about frogs or bikes?…..

Bernard

I think we were discussing Don’s weight?

Jason Bourne

Speaking of weight… Does anyone know how much a full grown Humpback Whale weighs?

Bernard

I’d say as much as my old Chrysler?

Don Jones

I’m back from my Weight Watchers meeting… Looks like a missed quite a bit…

Dennis Jones

…I think I like red bikes the best… but blue ones are pretty nice, too…

Jason Bourne

That sounds about right.  What a wonder indeed…

Doug Jones

Den… tomorrow’s assignment is to post a sketch of a weasel and write about your lawn mower…

Dennis Jones

…awesomeness ditto’s, Doug…

Bernard

…er, uh Doug. excuse me but the the Wilkie Almanac clearly states on page 13 that the focal point ctitter for the topic on trimming the field ( what they had fer yards ah guess ) is a Catfish. So, if yer gonna talk about yer lawn mower it had best be a Fish. Better save the Weasel for any future topics on textiles.

Roballoo!

It’s funny how utterly anatomically incorrect your frog is and yet it is still very much a frog. I’m looking specifically at those kraz-ee spindly front legs. I recently did a drawing of an elephant for a birthday present. As I was sketching and gathering more photo reference the elephant began to lose his liveliness and became stiff and uninspired. MY lovely “art-director” wife wisely suggested I go back to my very first sketch and work from that. She was right and I was off and running. I’m rambling I guess just to ask how much does reference come to play in an image like this? Or did it just leap from your imagination so to speak.

Dennis Jones

…well, obviously there was absolutely no reference used in drawing this frog… (which is why the sketch of this frog was rejected by an editor), and that’s why it ended up here on Brother Jones in the first place…

Bernard

Dennis, I’m curious…what is the record for total amount of comments for one topic? I gotta leave for the day I must be part of something worthwhile before I go……………….

Don Jones

I was just going to ask the same thing… What is the record for blog comments? We need to get some of our BJ interns on this little project…

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