15th October 2014 – Jaipur, India
I repaired my bike by myself today, and I passed a litmus test.Had to win a battle against kindergarden kids, whether by hook or crook.After a few days in rusty old Pushkar, the ride continues.I am in the pink of my health. And my new city bears the same look.
I had not had a chance to make any repair on my motorbike yet. Well, until today.
So, I made one big mistake last night. Given that parking is a huge problem in Pushkar near the Ghats, I parked my bike in front of a kindergarden school. What damage can those kids do, right? Wrong! After I had my breakfast, packed my bags, and tied them on the bike, I started the bike and revved the engine for a while. Then, I was going to start riding, when my foot felt for the foot-rest near the brake. There was none! The footrest lay detached from the bike, in a neat little portrait on the ground!
So, apparently the kids had tried to climb on the bike in the morning, I was told. Given the size of the bike, they could only climb onto the foot-rest, and then they started jumping on it. A few minutes of this weird game, and the foot-rest broke from the frame. I checked with the available repair shops in the area, and they said nothing could be done. The whole foot-rest was broken, and I needed to get a new one. The problem was, this spare part was not available in Pushkar or Ajmer. I had to ride all the way to Jaipur to get it. But how do I ride safely to Jaipur without being able to rest my foot for the brake?!
And, in a brilliant stroke, I found the solution. I simply had to remove one of the footrest for the pillion, and fix it to the front near the brake. I could do that! I just needed the toolbox, which I had never had a chance to use before. But 15-20 minutes of sweating and wrenching, and I had a new footrest. Problem solved. And I rode to Jaipur!
Jaipur is not as pink as everyone believes. Although it is called the pink city, there is only a small portion of it – the old city – that is decked in pink shades. And even then, it is not completely pink. Most of it is light brown. I barely got a chance to ride around the central museum, where I clicked today’s pic, and then decided to call it a day.
I need some repair today.