It's the little things that make everything feel better.
Sometimes they are silly little things, even.
Monday morning, I noticed that the chain on my bike was jumping regularly. To a beat.
I almost got hit by a truck while I was trying to locate the cause of the problem.
I let my heart slow down. I twisted this knob and turned that crank.
Nothing was working.
Then I saw the problem.
My chain was twisted.
Going up, I couldn't throw any power into my pedalling without the chain slipping every five feet or so. One small bend in one link of the chain and my bike was useless.
So I went, cursing and redfaced, to the local bike shop to buy a new chain.
And while they were looking at my bike and shaking their two-wheeled hipster heads, one of them said, "hey, that crank's been recalled. Want a new one? We'll install it free."
Sure, I said.
Such a silly little thing
(that made my day).