And the art of “cycle” maintenance.
Nothing major, mind you, but nothing is really done to bikes before. Like tightening a loose brake lever, tweaking brakes, and adjusting my rear derailleur. I guess I’ve always “white people problemed” this stuff and taken the bike into a shop.
But, as it turns out, the Internet can be used for more than just Kardassians and porn. (Who knew?)
A few simple keystrokes in the Google search window yields a veritable wealth of information on bike maintenance. There are forums on older bikes, YouTube “how to” videos, etc. it’s pretty awesome.
And most of this shit just takes screwdrivers and Allen wrenches. Not difficult at all– and I feel semi-accomplished when it’s completed.
In addition I’ve also started researching vintage bikes, and they are becoming sort of a passion of mine. (What can I say? I like rescuing old tech like bikes and instruments and watches and giving them new life).
I’m learning about the old Campagnolo (campy) and Suntour derailleurs and weimann brakes, pantographed components and high flange hubs, etc.
Here’s and example of pantographing:
And here is a high flange hug:
I find it all fascinating! If things fall apart at work, I think I could be quite happy rebuilding and maintaining bikes.