Just prior to getting sick, I did a little maintenance task: moving my saddle slightly forward to see if it helped with my slight back pain. I took a short ride (~4 miles) to see if it helped, and by golly, it did.
So I've been trying to educate myself on other facets of bike maintenance/repair. I found what looks to be an informative site: RJ The Bike Guy. The site is full of videos with enticing titles like "Long Cage vs Short Cage Derailleurs - Which Do You Need?" Ok, maybe that's not that enticing, but I find it more interesting than articles like "6 reasons you should get into cyclocross." Yes, that's a real article from a real site, sans link...please don't comment to tell me things like "Yeah, but that site probably has lots of useful articles and you're a wanker because cyclocross is awesome!"
But I digress. I digress constantly. I think it's the flu. I also used the word "wanker" even though I'm an American -- is that word making its way into the American vocabulary? Was I quoting a hypothetical English person? I don't know.
I also don't know how often RJ The Bike Guy updates his site, but I assume it keeps current with his YouTube channel, which was updated three days ago.
You might be surprised...or you might not...by how many articles there are on building a bike. The most comprehensive I've found is full of disclaimers like "adjusting the brakes is not covered here." And oddly, they all begin with "First, you'll need a frame."
Like this one?
|Photo property of Waterford Precision Cycles.|
- Every picture tells a story, and every post needs a picture to help tell a story.
- I've been staring at that frame (Gunnar Sport) for months.
I'm digressing again. Or I'm not.
But this leads to a question: what are the best tools for someone looking to do bike repair in the home? Do any of you (and by you, I mean my two regular readers) have good tool kits? Did you buy them all at once or build your tool kit one or two tools at a time?
Till next time, best to everyone.