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Old 03-26-13, 09:23 PM   #1
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Do You make House Calls?

Last night my son phoned at 8:30 pm to say his bike got a flat, and he needed it to get to work this morning.

Threw my box of bike tools and floor pump in the car and drove over to help him out. His tube had developed a tear right at the valve stem so it couldn't be patched. I had a spare tube with presta valve. His bike takes Shrader valve tubes. We made it work. and he got back and forth from work today without a problem.

This evening I took my son to the local bike Mecca and bought him 2 tubes, patch kit with tire levers, pump and a multi-tool. That should save me doing another house call, or it might not. Seem to remember sending him off to University with a bike and bag of tricks to keep it running. The bike was stolen, and who knows where the tools went.

Before you tell me to let him grow up and solve his own problems, let me add that he is a special needs person and although he was unable to finish University, I am pleased with the growth I have seen in him since leaving highschool.
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Old 03-26-13, 09:56 PM   #2
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It's called family......

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Old 03-26-13, 11:37 PM   #3
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It's called family......

Good job dad
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and, I might add.... It's called love.

Just like NOS helping the lady, we help each other without having to ask "Why?"
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Old 03-26-13, 11:41 PM   #4
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Yes I do... but I charge extra for time and mileage.
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Old 03-27-13, 06:53 AM   #5
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and, I might add.... It's called love.

Just like NOS helping the lady, we help each other without having to ask "Why?"
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Threw my box of bike tools and floor pump in the car and drove over to help him out. His tube had developed a tear right at the valve stem so it couldn't be patched. I had a spare tube with presta valve. His bike takes Shrader valve tubes. We made it work. and he got back and forth from work today without a problem.
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j/k. You did the right thing. Family first, but I've helped a couple of friends fix their bikes too.

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+1 in the family points for you. Now that you have put another bike rescue kit together get him one of the many "How to" Manuals out there such as Park Tool's Big Blue Book, Zinn,s Repair manual etc., if you haven't already gotten one for him and give him an overview and quick typical repair "seminar", then he has a leg up on any repairs next time it happens, and it will happen. Good for him that he is riding his bike.

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Yes ,house calls, apartment,trainstations ,moving service,loans, airports ,Sunday dinners and road calls.( we all do this right?)two adult daughters ask me to repair everything,my son brings his bike to a shop,even for a flat.I always ask him why.
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Jeez, helping someone is a privilege. Say yes, with a smile.
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I would drive over to my daughter's place and fix hers. I ran her taxes in Turbo Tax. I'm OL with bike repairs but I have a feeling that the tax assistance is enabling behavior.
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Did you claim a share of the refund for your time, trouble and gas, or is it just further proof she has you wrapped around her little finger?
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