We have owned our ladies for over 5 years, but in all that time there is something I had never attempted: hand cranking.
This has always sounded scary, with many cautionary tales of broken wrists. So naturally it is something I have always avoided trying.
However, the other day I though I would have a go. I have seen it done by others, and it didn't look too life threatening. I would hate to be in a situation where it became necessary, and not be able to do it.
You will note there is a metal peg hanging from the crank handle. Normally this fits into a rest on the bumper bar to make life easier. However, Célestine's rest doesn't align with the crank ratchet.
The first attempt at starting, of course, I got a kickback. The second time, she started.
So that's another life skill I have. I wonder how many men born in the 60's have hand cranked a car?