Saturday Sep 8, 2007 Pete and I did
a short bike ride with an alternate purpose.
If you are a regular follower of the
bike club you know that Pete and I collect and restore old mechanical
pinball machines, specifically models from the early to mid 70ís. We also
like to help out friends who have pinball machines, usually when they need
help to solve a tricky problem. Pete has gotten really good at trouble
shooting games and we both enjoy restoring. Our friend Rick who lives
nearby off Crooks Road has a few games in his basement, and we visit Rick
every once in a while to help him fix a game. Rick is a great guy and
throws great pinball parties. Rick really appreciates our help and he
always invites us to his parties.
Recently Rick sold a Flipper Clown
pinball machine to someone at Peteís work. Apparently Pete told this
person that he would make sure the game was in good working order if he
bought it from Rick. So, Rick and Pete had an agreement that Pete would
come over a couple times and help get the machine working good. This day
was one of the days Pete agreed to go over to Rickís and work on the
game. Pete asked if I wanted to join him and we would go over on our
bikes to get in a short ride as well. Sounded like a good idea so I told
Pete count me in. One of the good things about Rick is he has a large
assortment of spare parts and a great set of tools, so we donít need to
worry about bringing our pinball tool boxes on our bike. We actually joke
with Rick about his spare part collection, he has the most pinball spare
parts of anyone we know.
Pete and I met at Brewster school
early in the morning, I think it was around 8:00 am or shortly after if I
remember correctly. It is a short ride to Rickís house, about 5 miles
from the school. We got there quickly and Rick was ready for us. We
worked for a couple hours. We replaced parts and rebuilt all the pop
bumpers on the game. We also did a few other things and even did some
cleaning of parts and playfield. Once we reached our own designated time
limit it was time to leave. We made good progress, but Pete will have to
schedule another visit to finish up a few remaining items.
The ride home was direct and even
though it was the same distance it was harder because it was slightly up
hill. We didnít stop anywhere for anything to eat on this ride which is
really rare for one of our bike rides.
It was a little cool when we started
out in the morning, but by the time we headed home the temperature had
warmed up to the point where I didnít need the windbreaker that I had worn
earlier as my outer layer. I put the windbreaker in my burrito basket for
the ride home.
Following are the ride statistics
from this day. 11.5 miles total, 21.5 mph max speed, average speed 10.3
mph with time on bikes of 1 hour and 6 minutes.