I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I consider myself a very good lawyer. However, the same could not be said for my mechanical skills. I’ve always had a secret desire to be a good mechanic as well. Unfortunately, I seem to have been born with no inherent mechanical skills. Therefore, I would never attempt to fix anything that seems complex. I figured that I can at least learn how to work on my bicycles. I mean it seems like this is a relatively less complex mechanical piece of machinery.
I began with perfecting the art of changing a tire and fixing flats. I must say it took me an extraordinarily longer time than most to become proficient at this. Although I was lucky (in a sense) to have many flats this summer and was forced to become fairly competent and changing a tire. So how can fixing your bike crack your tooth…. Well…
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I purchased my second Bianchi (Impulso) this weekend to be used as my winter bike. When I got it home I decided to take just a 20 minute ride and noticed the front derailleur was making a rubbing noise. I’ve seen enough YouTube videos to know that this should be a fairly simple tweak. Nonetheless, I was having problems with this simple adjustment. One thing led to another and the next thing I know I needed to unscrew the cable to release some tension.
When I did this the cap on the cable fell off and the cable started to fray. I unsuccessfully attempted to put the cap back on and determined that it needed to be squeezed just a little. So I put the little cap in my mouth between my teeth pushed down on it and lo and behold I cracked a tooth. So in my attempt to make a simple fix of my bike I actually doubled the cost of the bike!!! This will not deter me. I am very motivated to learn how to work on bikes. I love helping injured cyclists, I love riding and someday I will love fixing my own bike!!
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.