Friday, April 07, 2006

Zen and The Art of Tricycle Maintenance

Sometimes, every once in a while, you'll find that something you learned in high school english class is actually valuable.

For example: today I cut out a scrap from a Coke can and used it to better secure the handlebars on Sam's tricycle. Take that, Phaedrus.


At 9:15 PM, Anonymous the brother-in-law said...

How about posting a picture of this feat of Alabama engineering.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger 4BoyDad said...

Ha. It's not bond-o and duck tape. It's invisible.

You'll be doing this too, someday, so I'll explain what's involved. I cut a 2cm x 2cm square piece of aluminum from the Coke can and put it a little ways down the pipe that makes the front fork of the tricycle. Then I put the handlebar piece down the pipe. The aluminum strip makes the fit a little tighter, so that the tightening nut doesn't get all the way to the bottom of the bolt without sufficiently tightening the handlebars.

Then I spray-painted it to look like Rusty Wallace's car. Yeehaw!

Just kidding. It's still traditional Radio Flyer red-and-white. I don't exactly know much about Mr. Wallace. Just a NASCAR-sounding name from the ether. I'll bet he's really a nice guy, with a tastefully painted car.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Pig in a pen said...

OK - while I am genuinely amazed and impressed at the ingenuity (aka Alabama Engineering), and the recycling of our natural resources, I must have been out or asleep the day they covered fixing tricycles in English class.

I went to school with a boy named Pheadrus, but nobody liked him.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Becki said...

So, which brother-in-law is this? I know Josh loves to have pictures of things that have been fixed, but I didn't think he had time to read blogs, so I'm confused. By-the-by, I always knew you were an excellent Alabama engineer and I was more than a little worried about that tricycle the other day! Mom


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