Yesterday I finally learned how to do something I should have learned long ago. I changed my own tube!
My pal Julie from Scout Cycling generously hosted a free Bike Maintenance 101 Workshop for about 20 of us at a local community centre.
We went over all the basics of bike maintenance, including a pre-ride safety check, monitoring parts for wear, cleaning/lubing the chain and changing a flat.
I was lucky that I never ended up needing this skill all season, since I wasn’t carrying the essentials even if I did know how to use them. This will definitely be rectified for next season.
I wasn’t brave enough to try a CO2 cartridge yet (that will be my goal next year!), but I do have a small frame-mounted hand pump for now.
Something tells me it’s going to seem a lot more complicated if I find myself in the situation on the side of the road (even worse, in a race!) so I’m thinking I should practice at home
a few several more times.
Running shoes seem so much simpler!