Bicycle repair and maintenance for the regular bike rider. No frills here but the basic stuff everybody needs to know that can help you save money and have fun. So from where ever you are on this planet, read on,fix it, get on your bike and ride!
Every bike addict that respects him/herself should have at least one can full of nuts, bolts and miscellaneous washers in his or her shop. Of course in a matter of mere weeks one can won't be enough.
The next level is that you won't limit yourself to those small nuts and bolts. You will get out of control with tool boxes full of spare derailleurs, pedals, crank arms, bottom brackets, Italian size bearing cups (Because you don't see those too often and what are the chances of you needing one...never.). All this to say that soon enough it will all get out of control and you will end up spending your retirement years trying to put all these things in order.
This trend is easy to start and it does get out of control fast since you will start stripping to the bone every bike you get your hands on leaving nothing but the bare frame (You will keep those of course for that next great project.). Every single bike has usable parts on it, I don't care how badly mangled it is. Having your own stash is smart and easy on the pocket book.
One piece of advice, if you are starting now, start putting all this stuff in order right away. If you decide to get at it after a few years like me, you will quickly realize that it is probably more feasible to climb Everest instead. :)
I really like the fact that I have at my disposal all those little doohickeys...if only I could find the one I need in the pile! Hours of entertainment.
I'm sure some of you are thinking if I've ever got rid of any of that stuff, yes I have, 3 times actually. Have I ever needed a part weeks after getting rid of it after 5 years of storage? You bet, but that only happened once or twice and I live to tell tale, so don't hoard for no good reason, purge once and a while. Who knows, you might make some new friends.
I'm a guy with a passion for bicycles, plastic models and general homebuilt mayhem of all sorts. I wish to share my knowledge with the world and help you out in the process. I live in Canada – the best country in the world for cyclists but don’t just take it from me, book yourself some holidays to Canada and see for yourself!