We are very near the beginning of meteorological spring now. Time to throw the windows open and let the fresh air in. In cycling terms, a spring tune up is in order, even though your local bike shop besought you all winter to get that work done early, when they weren’t already busy. You deleted all those emails. You love those guys, but you tune them out. It’s a shame.
Because if you’re like me, you need a professional tune up once a year. But precisely because you’re like me, you don’t get that done. You’re very clever, and you can do your own maintenance. Sadly, and also because you’re like me, you don’t do that maintenance, because there are more fun things to do with your time, like drinking coffee and staring blankly out windows.
And so spring is springing. Boing. And your bike has seen better days. (So has your fitness, but that’s another TCIF).
You’re in a standoff between the level of maintenance you know you need, and a churlish unwillingness to pay someone to do it. Who’s going to blink first?
Ten years ago, you didn’t have electric shifting and disc brakes and tubeless tires to contend with. The bar has risen. The number of tools has increased. The likelihood for catastrophic failure has presented itself. Remind me to tell you the story of blowing a tire off a rim during a tubeless setup and spraying myself with liquid latex.
Let me be more inclusive with this. You are not all just like me, thankfully. Some of you adhere to a sane maintenance schedule performed by a skilled mechanic. Some of you are fastidious in your planning and work, and as a result have immaculate bikes. Bless you. I feel zero resentment (lie).
This week’s TCIF asks, where are you at with spring maintenance? Is it done yet? Who did it? Did you pay? Or did you do it yourself? Did you struggle? Or have you upgraded your skills to meet today’s technological demands? Finally, which of you has free time to stop by my house and lend a wrench-y hand? I’ll make coffee.