June 15, 2013
By Jason Harrod
Some people have the time and the know-how and the tools and the, well, time to wrench on their own bikes. Others, like me, are hacks and can find neither the time, nor keep up with the tools needed to perform even some of the simplest maintenance, and therefore must rely on the local bike shop to handle the upkeep of their whips.
This is a good thing, because without the local bike shop we would be hard pressed to manage even some of the simple fixes like flats or quieting that squeaky chain and replacing holey socks, or purchasing the always mandatory full-fingered gloves for some dirt riding after the trusty yellow lab has gotten a bit aggressive on the left one and left you with, well, one glove.