I changed the brake cables on my old bike to adjust to the higher handlebars.
Was it difficult?
Was it empowering? And did I feel my confidence grow as I came to know my bike more intimately?
Sure, why not? I understand there are classes you can take for learning bike maintenance, places like Gracie’s Wrench in Portland.
And I like the idea in principle. But honestly?
Did you know that in Copenhagen when they have a flat tire they drop the bike off at the shop in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon? An American commented with (of course) moral outrage, spluttering something about, “I can hardly take any cyclist seriously who doesn’t change their own flat tires!!#@!”
I get the self-reliance thing. I get the knowledge is power thing. I get that repairs must be done by someone. I get that that someone has got to be me sometimes. But honestly?
Honestly, I’d rather be riding . . .