My bike. *sob*
Well, actually I just grievously wounded her. She needs some expert medical attention.
I was all ambitious today and I was going to swap out the old 12-25 cassette for a new 12-27 cassette that should be a little more suited for the continuous hills at the Columbia triathlon in three weeks. Here's the before photo. I had never done this before, but I had all my tools organized and a manual at hand to help.
The old cassette came off fairly easily.
Then I put the new cassette on and took the opportunity to clean up the bike a bit. Yes, in this photo she is upside-down with her brand spanking new cassette in place.
Notice there is no chain. I had endless problems getting the new chain together with the "easy links", and so I used my chain tool to open a link. Whereupon I managed to BREAK the chain tool. It's really quite difficult to do much on a bike without a functional chain. So I can't do anything at all until I either buy a new chain tool, or take the bike into the local bike shop for some expert attention.
I guess that means my bike trainer session that I had planned for tonight is off. I guess there's a silver lining to every dark cloud, isn't there?
It's a lot like the lilac bushes. Here are normal lilac bushes, at a neighbor's house, about a block away from our house.
Below are the sad results of my gardening efforts on our formerly healthy lilac bush. Dead-dead-deadski. Now I have to chop the sticks out and put something else in its place. Which I'll probably also kill.