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Bicycle as fiddly mechanical system

August 18, 2019

I got a new bicycle last week, taking advantage of Google’s quarterly bike sale (they work with local dealers to arrange a quarterly sale to encourage employees to bike to work). My old Trek Utopia is around 9 years old and starting to show some of its age, so I thought it was time for something new (and lighter).

While I’m definitely enjoying the new bike (it’s a lot lighter), it has reminded me that, despite all of our technological progress, bikes are still fiddly, mechanical systems. Particularly new bikes, as components settle, cables stretch a bit, etc. Luckily the bike store I got my bike from isn’t far off from my commute route from work (actually, it’s not luck: I chose it in part because it’s easy to get to), so I’ve been able to swing by and ask them to make quick adjustments. But in the last week I’ve had to swing by twice; fingers crossed that things will stabilize now.

The larger lesson is that I need to learn more about bike maintenance and adjustments.

From → Hardware

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