I’ve been cycling most of my life but have never had the confidence to perform any mechanical maintenance or repairs on my bicycle. I can identify a range of reasons for this, most of which filter back to a general lack of self-confidence. But in the past year I’ve thrown off those shackles by proving to myself that I’m a competent human being who can achieve my goals. Otherwise how could I have completed all those triathlons, marathon and ultra marathons so soon after returning to competitive sport.
My first order of bicycle tools and components arrived in the mail today so now I have something to do tomorrow (Saturday). I am so excited. I won’t know myself once I have the new chain and cassette installed. They are not just a much-needed, given that the current chain and cassette date to 2005 and haven’t been maintained. But they are also an upgrade from 8-speed Shimano HG-40 to 8-speed Shimano HG-50 components.
I’ll share my first mechanical experience over the weekend. I am sure it will be an interesting learning experience with moments of frustration but that I’ll be successful.