Lately I’ve found the more I learn about the care, repair, and inner workings of these glorious machines we call bicycles, the more items show up on the shopping list. Not your average shopping list like chain lube, chamois butt’r and so on. This list is for the big (fun stuff) – tools, parts, and stands…oh myyyyy! It’s okay to get a little pervy, but only a little. Keep yer pants on and wait for the que de cue.
With knowledge comes responsibility. You know that’s right. I gotta keep these bikes in optimal operational condition. It’s a good thing, too – I really enjoy myself working in and out of these Zensational conditional realities. However nothing sends Zen screeching to a halt like the realization you can go no further with the tools/supplies you have. These things are usually expensive, plus you have to get past the enlightened ones holding said tools/supplies. Don’t make eye contact… Shirley, I jest. For every jerky bike shop, there is another that brings bikes and happiness to their community, like Bike Works.
Regardless…enough with the babble! The time has finally arrived. I needed a repair stand. Okay, sure there are varying degrees of need…but that’s a little personal and not at all objective. I can rationalize all day and all night!! Just ask me about….well all sorts of shit. Oh well, okay…without further furtiveness.
There she is. She’s the one in blue. I’m overhauling Elyse’s rear hub. All the while the stand holds her bike in mid air…breathtaking. The plan was to build a DIY bike stand I saw on a number of sites. I’m no stranger to DIY…some of you may remember the wheel truing stand I made. Here is what I speak…
This bike stand looked promising. The price range of the parts listed at $25-30…that’s why I was going to do it. You can’t beat $30 for a bike repair stand. But when I got to the checkout the total was more than $70. $70?!?!?! That’s a $40 swing. Speaking of $40, that’s the difference between building my own and purchasing a solid workhorse. So one thing led to another…Elyse had a thought…another thing led to another another…I got this kick ass bike repair stand.
Speaking of Elyse… She gets the photo credit for this blog. Awesome pics, Elyse. Thanks for your eye in all its glory.
You may go ahead and remove your pants now…