By: Tim Ek
Bike maintenance, it’s not something you really want to do, but something you have to do. It’s kind of like brushing your teeth. A bike that functions correctly is just as good as a mouth full of teeth that get the job done. O.k., maybe the analogy is a little out there, but you get my point.
I can’t stand when my bike isn’t working or sounding like it should. Recently, I was on a lengthy ride with some friends when they began to giggle and cast odd looks in my direction every time I applied my brakes. Frankly, it was embarrassing. I found myself eventually only using the front brake in an effort to silence the catastrophic sounds coming from my rear wheel every time the pads touched the rim (think fingernails on a chalkboard).
Typically, I have to get my head right before some general maintenance, buy why? I mean what is there to worry about, things go smoothly about 20% of the time and I rarely end up mad…right?
Here’s what I’ve learned about simple repairs on the bike. One should generally approach the bike with a gentle attitude and maybe even some light hearted comments, like “Hey, how’s it going? We’re going to get a few things taken care of today, o.k.?” This usually sets your bike at ease. Next, don’t rush. Think things through and practice some mindfulness around these notions, “If I do this, then this will happen”, or “It would be really bad if I did this and then that happened”. Thoughts like these will keep you in your lane and not off in the weeds. Finally, just be satisfied. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to take a drive to my local bike shop, because I pushed into an area I had no business going or in other words tried to fix something that wasn’t broken.
As you’re wiping down your tools, don’t forget to remind your steed that “you’ve always had her best interest at heart”
Enjoy your fully functioning, silent ride.
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