I will find out what an allen wrench is, lol, and get one. In fact, I plan to get one of those bike-repair kits (a cheap one) that supposedly has everything you need to fix the average minor repair. Then I am going to make Hubby sit down with me and ever so patiently teach me to change a tire. (I can't believe I just said that; I think a very hot spot just warmed over!) I am going to do it in front of him, with him telling me step by step and with me writing down each step. Then I am going to put the paper I wrote the steps on into the tool-kit bag, keep it permanently there because I KNOW I will not remember it when the time comes, and do it again without looking at the paper. I can't even believe I'm saying this; I don't even pump my own gas!! But biking is changing me in a lot of ways, and if I'm going to be a successful cyclist, which I dearly want to be, then I have to make myself get over my mechanical phobias and learn a few things. Miracles do happen.
I know you're right about nervousness and gripping the bars too tight. I kept finding myself doing that yesterday. I wasn't so nervous today and tried to make sure that I wasn't doing that. The handlebars seem just a smidge off, now. I'm wondering if even some of those things that fit on the end of the bars that y'all told me about, perpendicular to them, would help give me a little leeway in my grip.
I can just see your neighbor mounting his bike that way, lol. I'm sure I'll figure out what works best for me. Hopefully it won't look as funny as he does, lol.
And thanks for the saying she's nice-looking. I have to admit, she's getting prettier all the time!
Thanks for the help, big guy.