By Kristen Lavallee
It was 7:30am as we were leaving the Ridgeview middle school in Oromocto, NB. Our trailers all packed up and everyone ready to go. The lead team began on their way. Natasha and I were designated in the middle with 2 other girls at the back. Natasha went to go brake at the stop sign before heading out onto the road, oil began spewing out of her front brake.
It was gone. No brake left to work with.
In a panic, I yelled out to the front team to stop and pull over. We needed to figure this out. At this point we were 20km away from Fredericton, which is about an hour cycle. Everyone pulled over, Wendy, the principal came out to say goodbye and thank us one last time for attending their school and bringing our message to them. A number of us on our phones trying to find a bike shop nearby that knew how to work with hydronic disc brakes. There were none, except for in Fredericton.
Next thing you know, the mechanic shop teacher from the nearby high-school rolls on by in his big Ford F-250. His name is Jeff. Wendy asks him to pull over and asked him for his help. He said he would see what he could do and asked Natasha to follow him. Being her bike buddy, I hitched the first aid trailer to my bike and met up with her at the highschool, the rest of the team made their way to our next destination, Gagetown.
I arrived at the high school and Jeff wasn’t sure how to fix her bike. But he quickly asked us if one of us had our license. I did, so he then handed over to me his keys with full trust and allowed us to take his truck and her bike to Fredericton to get it fixed. We brought it to Savages in Fredericton who fixed her bike first before anyone else’s, replacing her entire front brake system for only $22!!! This day went from a quick mishap to turning into a really great one. After returning Jeff’s truck we arrived to meet the team in Gagetown at 2:30pm!
We’re really thankful for the kindness and support and generosity of everyone we have encountered so far on our journeys.