Terry made me a cuppa and pretty well forced me to sit down and have it with a smoke ( I swear that's the first time in my life Terry has told me to have a smoke), I didn't finish either before I went back to the bike to try to figure it out again ... fiddle, fiddle ... there has to be a secret to this ... fiddle, fiddle ... hmmm maybe this way .. then click ... the pin just went through the holes while I was fiddling. Ugh ... OK I was fiddling a lot and it was resisting the fiddling with the spring, but now I knew what I needed to do. I have to be under the peg looking up so I can see which way to fiddle so it can go through. Not that hard. Took a break and went to work on the other side. The other side was harder because it's the side the bike is leaning on, the stand is in the way for me to get my head under there and I cant get tools in comfortably cause they hit the ground. I remembered this time to look at which way the spring was in ... then dropped it and had to find it, lost the cotter pin for a while too .. by now I'd forgotten which way the spring was in ...... ugh another go at the Chinese puzzle. More frustration and this time I walked away from it myself and had another cup of coffee. So far this 15 minute job has taken me about 3 hours!! Terry came out to look at how I was going, and it was suggested that maybe we need to try to move the bike over on it's other side a bit so I could get under there to see what I needed to see. I didn't like that idea, it was inviting disaster I thought but after fiddling a bit more then another cup of coffee I got all the old soft blankets I could find and started to pile them up where my baby would fall if the worst thing happened. I decided to just have one more fiddle before I called Terry to come hold her up for me, fiddle ... click. OMG three hours ... three hours!!! I had been fiddling with this stupid thing to get it in this stupid hole for three hours, I touch it and it slips straight through.
No kidding by now my frustration levels are as high as they have ever been in my life!! I do have a bit of a short fuse at times when things aren't going the way I want them too, and I did notice by now that Terry and the dog were keeping their distance. At least now tis over. The pegs are on and they are there to stay. They look good, they'd better look good!! So I snapped some proud pics of the new pegs and went inside to grab the pillion pegs. These have to be easy, no springs. Put the first one on and it just kinda flapped there. Hmm that's not right. I did notice a little hole at the end of it that looked like it probably holds some important screw. Oh I remembered the guy I bought them from said he didn't have any of the screws or fitting stuff with them, that I'd have to get my own, I'd said no problems, I'm becoming expert at getting screws and bolts. I knew I must need some extra stuff and went straight online to see if I could figure out what I need. Found the instruction manual for the rear adaptors first thing and yep I need some other stuff ... then I had a thought, I wonder if I can link back from this instruction manual to find the one for the front adaptors. It was a silly thought really, all too late I've done the job now and I'm just going to be upset when they tell me the easy 15 minute method of doing it. But like some kind of masochist I continued to search. I found the instruction manual which cheerfully stated in step two to 'throw away the spring' ... what?? Ahh I see the other stuff the guy didn't have, a you beaut easy method of putting the new pegs on, no spring you use a D washer. Now I have no idea what that washer is supposed to do, or how it supplants the spring, but if it had have saved me three hours of Chinese puzzle torture with the spring I'd have been all for it!! Unfortunately it didn't, I didn't have one and I have struggled and strained and put these things on using the springs. They work and they are not coming off until the bike falls apart around them! No doubt in a few weeks time when the dust from this little excursion into fiddling has settled I will decide to do it the right way, find the bits I need and do it. But for now I'm too over it all to even think about it, I've bookmarked the instructions and I'll leave it at that for now.
Tomorrow the Bureau of Meteorology has promised me no rain, so I'm hoping to talk Terry into a ride. Maybe to Yeoval and maybe we'll get to try a cafe in Wellington that I've been wanting to get to.