The Bike Chronicles Continue

[First off, did anyone notice that my website is now self-hosted (ie. no more .wordpress.com in the site URL so they’re not the boss of me anymore! wooowhoo!!). I took the plunge last night, and man did that take a lot longer and more brain power than those step-by-step tutorials have you believe it will. There are still some glitches, and I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if you come across any. I will be redesigning the whole website soon so stay tuned. Also, now that I’m self hosting I can post videos, so I plan on posting some tutorials in the near future too. Anything specific you want to see, just let me know!]

Now back to our regular scheduled programming…

The story and accompanying painting I’m about to show you comes from last Thursday.

Thursday was just not a good day. Remember my bike that had the front wheel stolen off of it (yes, way back in the fall)… well I’ve spent a good chunk of this week running around the city buying parts to finally fix it. Here is what I was working with:

I know, pretty bad eh?
I know, pretty bad eh?

So I bought a new chain, some lube for the gears, a new wheel, tire, and inner tube, and a new lock (since I forgot the combo to my old one). When I bought this bike 5 years ago, it only cost $199. And now I spent about $100 on these replacement parts. And about 30 hours of my time to find them all, since believe it or not, Canadian Tire does not sell all these things. Neither do bike stores, or if they do, they were sold out. My trek eventually led me to Gatineau to Pecco’s where I found a wheel.

So FINALLY today I was going to revive this old bike, and guess what. Not possible. The junker is beyond repair. The frame got so deformed during the winter that it’s basically garbage. I realized this after getting bike lube on everything. Gross.

Hmm... something's not right...
Hmm… something’s not right…

Okay. Awesome. Looks like we’re heading back to CT and Gatineau to return a bunch of parts.

My main mode of transportation is my bike, and without it, a trip to CT takes me almost 2 hours. Same with a trip to the bike store in Gatineau. And the best part is that I wasn’t given a receipt from the bike store where I spent almost $70, so I’m not even sure I can return the wheel, tire, and inner tube. WOMP WOMP

Naturally,  I came home, vented to my friends and my mom, poured myself a glass of wine (thank you for the wonderful suggestion Alex) and started to paint. I felt like my day was a shit storm, so I painted myself a giant umbrella.

The background was already done from a previous day, and I was actually planning on doing something entirely different with it, but the blue reminded me of rain so I just went with it.

One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas
Side View - Edges are painted
Side View – Edges are painted
Displayed in my room over a Queen sized bed
Displayed in my room over a Queen sized bed

Saturday, I’m off to get a new bike. Which I obviously should have just done from the beginning.

Morale of the story. Don’t try to fix things.

On the plus side, although this bike has caused me a headache and a half, at least I’ve gotten two decent paintings out of it.

Like this painting? The original is available for sale here

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5 thoughts on “The Bike Chronicles Continue

  • May 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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    I love your umbrella
    Even rain can feel nice with umbrella like yours

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    • May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am
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      Thank you Claire. I love seeing the progression of other people’s work too, so I try to post mine for the same reason. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  • June 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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    I love the minimalist aspects of the art, and the bike issues. I moved to South Korea way back in 2002 and haven’t had to drive since I left America. Bikes are awesome! Well, until they “snap”… 😉

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    • June 2, 2013 at 6:47 am
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      Yes, bikes are definitely awesome. Especially when you’re flying past rush hour traffic, don’t have to pay for insurance, parking, or a licence…the list goes on and on. What do you mean, that they “snap”? I’m assuming there’s a story behind this?

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