...your own business Ben?
Why not just promote your business instead of making up a testimonial/referral?
He seems to have joined up today & already brought up 4 ancient threads just to push his shop.
Looks like he's now deleted all his posts.
Not the best way to present a new business - by clearly pretending to be someone you're not and comparing your own service against an established store... Anyhoo.
Probably best to remove the link Gemma, I don't think he deserves any publicity...that's just my thoughts anyway.
I am happy to leave dodginess there for the sake of transparency!
All publicity is not 'good publicity'
Y'know, 60 - 80 years ago, 99% of the maintenance and repair tasks that were done on bikes were done in the back yard - usually by kids. Everyone - male and female, young and old - knew what was required in fixing bearings, tightening things up, lubrication, cleaning, replacing etc etc. Now I know things can get a bit more complicated fast on a modern bike but they ain't that different. I think the advice here about learning to do for yourself is really(!) important. Yes - get the shop to do it when a specialised task is involved - wheel building or frame repairs or if you maybe have to rebuild something like an ergo shifter. But if it's just cables, tyres, bearings or day-to-day adjustment you're missing out on the fun and benefits of what it's all about if you don't have a go yourself. Bikes and bicycle use are all part of something bigger and more important - IMHO it's what Active Transport's all about. Sam.
Copy that Sam!
Was amused the other day when I went into a bike shop, went to buy a couple of spokes and the shop person said we can't do it right away - my response was I just want the spokes, it's a pretty easy job. His jaw didn't exactly drop but almost ;-)
Sam - it's about how you value your time and what you find fun, isn't it?!
I just paid $27 at lunchtime to have a hem taken down on some trousers (my legs are too long ;) - yes I could do it myself, but it's no fun, I'd prefer to be changing cables on my bike! ;)
People shouldn't feel like they have to be able to undertake major things on their bikes themselves, any more than people changing the oil in their lawnmowers themselves. I don't know anyone who finds changing bicycle tyres 'fun' - it's a chore and something that some people would prefer to get someone else to do. Just like taking hems down.
Oh, I don't know - basic competency in bicycle repair is not a bad thing.
The bicycle is as close to a perfect machine as we have and yet it is very simple. None of the moving parts are beyond the comprehension of a normal person. Any competent person can easily lace up a none too shabby wheel.
Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly agree that paying someone to do unpleasant tasks is the sensible option, the problem is that many don't even seem to have the basic mechanical knowledge necessary to service a bicycle, and that is a huge gap in their knowledge.
I met a senior lady who relied on bicycle transport and rode extensively in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area. She did not know how to fix a puncture but when necessary, she caught a taxi home. She had worked out what suited her, and did not let mechanical things get in the way of her riding.
Gemma says: "People shouldn't feel like they have to be able to undertake major things on their bikes themselves, any more than people changing the oil in their lawnmowers themselves."
Well - yes, of course. I wasn't trying to be (too) didactic I hope. More just positing a mildly philosophical point - something about the virtues of personal independence and resilience. The more the better in my book - you never know when you need to draw on such resources!
Then she said: "I don't know anyone who finds changing bicycle tyres 'fun' - it's a chore and something that some people would prefer to get someone else to do. Just like taking hems down."
Whawhawha (to the sound of apoplectic, red-faced spluttering) - bbbut you know me Gemma! I live for tyre repairs - just love 'em. Favourite activity, morning, noon and night. That and pumping them up! Especially Schwalbe Marathons on them tight rims ('ooohaaah').
I do draw the line at hemming my own pants too but I do know how to do it (thanks to my Grade 4 domestic science classes). It's the 'knowing' bit I'm talking about I guess...
But it's alright - I've taken my anti-irony tablets now, I'll go quietly...
I like to keep my hands clean. Not a fetish to be sure but the other day...
My chain snapped so I popped out the handy bike tool with chain pin pusher. Whipped that broken link out and put it back together. Now the problem there was my hands were just black from that chain stuff, and I felt so guilty rubbing them all over the grass in the park I was in - gads! So much for civilized cycling ;-)