Monday, January 30, 2017

shut in

The flu that is temporarily reducing the workforce at my job finally sent me home. Not being one of your hardier Northwest/East Coast/Midwestern types who scoff at illness, I haven't been on the bike.

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 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.
I inserted that picture for a few reasons:
  • 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.


  1. I've generally purchased tools when I need them. It's not the most economical way of doing it but 20.00 here and there is certainly doable, especially if you need to also buy parts. However, I've always been intrigued with Nashbar's toolbox set. There is something to be said for buying all the tools at once. I cannot vouch for their quality.

    1. Thanks for pointing this out. I've looked at both the Park Tool and Pedro's starter tool kits, and they're both over $100. Possibly of higher quality?

      In any case, I think I'm going to do the tool kit building a little at a time. I already have an awesome collection of allen wrenches; no need for those. :)