…he fixed his bicycle
Awoke to gray and blustery weather. Not really into fighting wind this morning. Besides, after yesterday’s “rain dance” the road bike needs some tender loving care in the form of cleaning and lubrication. So out to the garage (a.k.a. the home bike shop) only to discover a flat rear tire. First one on this bike. Not really surprised, I encountered a lot of broken glass yesterday and wet tires tend to pick up sharp little objects.
Didn’t find any foreign objects but did find a disturbing tiny hole on the inside of the tire. Something sharp worked its way through. Oh well, needed patching practice anyway.
Clean, Lube, Tighten, Adjust
A quick overall check of the bolts, nuts. Clean off the road grime, grit and mud. Even took a file to the brake pads. While inspecting the pads I discovered that the rear pads are wearing faster than the front. A little troubling. Wonder if I’m using the rear brakes more than the front. Have to pay attention over the next few rides.
Also discovered a barely perceptible wobble in the rear rim. About 1 mm in one spot. Did a quick truing job, but I think I need to put it in a stand and check the tensions.
The simplicity of bicycle mechanics often allows me to devote some mental bandwidth to problems and ideas. Been toying with the idea of starting a garage business making and repairing bicycle wheels. Spent most of my mental wandering this morning going over pros/cons and various issues. I don’t think I’ll make much money but it would be enjoyable.
I’ll probably start off by repairing/rebuilding wheels from Yellow Bike and then start to develop clients who want hand-made bicycle wheels to specification. I can also provide truing/rebuilding.
The initial investment for equipment would be minimal (truing stand, tensiometer, etc.). Ultimately would need to figure out how to get parts at wholesale.
The more I think about it, the more I want to give it a try.