- You always lose the exact size socket wrench that you need for a 5 minute job and spend 1 hour looking for a replacement. ( I have three 15mm sockets to counter that for removing wheels).
- If you always carry tools, a pump and a spare tube, you will have a break down or flat miles away, on a rainy day when you decide to leave all that behind because nothing ever really happens.
- A pedal will fall off in the middle of nowhere.
- The minute you take off your work gloves to work on something that isn’t dirty, you will touch something that is filthy and end up spending half an hour cleaning your hands.
- Out of the hundreds of bolts that you have, not one fits the axle of that perfect wheel you just found.
- You will have to remove those grips again because you forgot to install the shifter.
- You have a spare tube and ready to fix your flat and realize that you bought a %&&?%$ Presta valve tube. Of course, you do not have the adapter.
- You’re ready to start a tune up, the music is perfect, all your tools are accounted for, all the parts are lined up, they are all the correct ones, you have a decent amount of free time ahead, you are in a fantastic Zen state of mind and your wife calls you because she ran out of gas.
- You always have free time for riding when it rains.
- That perfect vintage frame as an odd size bottom bracket that doesn’t exist anymore.
- Front brakes always work better than the rear ones. (Actually that’s the Law of physics but I still feel it should be included.)
- Something will go out of wack on your bike after a big repair or tune up on a big ride.
- No tools will be available for that particular fix.
- You will find a better looking helmet two days after buying the one you taught looked cool after weeks of research.
- When disassembling a bike and everything comes off without any effort, the seat post will be seized.
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Until next time, ride safe and free.