Category Archives: maintenance

Working in the margins. 30 days of biking, #25

You’re looking at junk. That’s what I thought, too. I thought it was a green and white bike. Then I peeled off the decals. Nope, it’s a white bike. I kept looking at it and realized the only thing wrong … Continue reading

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Mr. Fix-it #2. 30 days of biking, #20

When troubleshooting bicycle-related issues, keep the word related in mind. It’s easy to focus on equipment to the exclusion of all else. Like a couple of days ago when I was listening to a rider talk about his power meter. … Continue reading

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Mr. Fix-it #1. 30 days of biking, #19

Troubleshooting. It can be the most rewarding or the most infuriating aspect of owning a bicycle. You hear a click. You think, for sure it’s the crank arm, so you check to make sure both cranks are tightly attached to … Continue reading

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You don’t need more than one monkey. 30 days of biking, #10

The shirt’s an unexpected gift from Bostic, Alex Bostic. Seems like the first thing he said to me when we met was that, yes, his first name was Alex, but everyone called him Bostic. First happened when he was a … Continue reading

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Of course you’re not a professional—you work on your own bicycle

I am a person who rides a bicycle; like people say who shop for bikes, I am not a professional. But what does that mean, not a professional? For many customers it’s a defensive admission. I am not a professional: … Continue reading

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