Dropped Off the Bike Today

Well, the 10K maintenance bill is finally due. I’m having the 10K maintenance–about $400–and a new rear tire and brake pads installed–about $300.

Considering that I also had an unexpected trip to the dentist this week for a crown to be installed, this is turning into an expensive week.

About the rear brake pads. I didn’t really have to replace them. They’re still good. I’m just not sure I can get away with the current pads for another 10k miles. But, I have a buddy at work who tried to make it through a whole set of rear pads, and eventually, the pads wore down to metal, and he ended up having to get a new rotor, too.

So, better to toss a half-used set of pads, than risk a mistake like that.

By the way, nice try on the service writer’s part in trying to get me to replace the front tire too. “It’s getting kind of low, too,” he says. Uh-huh. Quarter inch of tread left all round. I think I can wait till the next rear tire replacement.

Anyway, it’s in their hands now. Which means i have to drive th truck to work tomorrow.


Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.