For many of us, actually riding our bike is all that counts. Shiny new gear doesn't have you spending your hard earned money, and you're more interested in riding your bike than watching someone else ride theirs, World Cup pros and Rampage senders included. But what about when it comes time to perform some upkeep on your precious? Do you put your hands up when the job calls for you to do anything beyond a flat tire repair, or do you look forward to jumping inside of your expensive suspension fork, replacing pivot bearings, rebuilding brake calipers, or assembling a wheel?
Does this setup tickle your fancy? Or does your tool collection consist of a hammer and set of rusty hex keys that you store on your garage floor?
You might not be a regular Jobst Brandt, but 8,504 out of 17,049 people who replied to last week's poll
said that they're either proficient in wheel building or have at least put a few together in their day, a number that's larger than I would have guessed. And if that many of you are happy to lace spokes and understand spoke tension, I'm guessing that many more enjoy a late night in the garage beavering away with hex keys and other tools. At the risk of sounding like a spaced-out tweaker, I know there are days I could ride that I don't simply because I feel like taking something apart just to put it back together again. Sometimes I don't even have spare bits left over, too!
So, where do you fall on the scale? Is it important to you to know how to fix anything that might arise, or are you more about the ride than actually working on your own ride?