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Yesterday I <Jim> took Mango Tango (our Tandem) to our favorite Mechanic, Brent from Velocity Cycles in Holland, Michigan. We call Brent the Tandem Whisperer. He has been our savior on many bike repairs and always puts Mango Tango in great running condition. I can do some basic repairs and tweaking, but we always get such a great sense of security after Brent tunes up our bike.
I had to take the bike to Brent for this check-up, I don’t know how many times I have told him, “this is the year we might take our trip, lets do this or that to the bike to get it ready…”. This time my visit to Brent was different – WE ARE taking the trip this year! Next month even!
I talked to Brent about repair parts to carry with us, and he said something that will stick with me: “Well”, he said, “you don’t want to over Boy Scout this trip” and he’s right. We can overcome quite a bit with just our smarts, we have lots of time, we have a few ace in the hole options (like a complete, new back wheel ready to be shipped at a moments notice), so we’ll be just fine. Adversity will just add flavor to the experience and the stories we will tell! (Shawn will love that line). Guess I’ll leave my gigantic roll of duct tape at home!!
We get our Baby back in a few short days, and our confidence level will soar!