Okay, so I stole the title of this blog from “Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance,” but hey, it’s my blog and I can do what I want.
There is something therapeutic about turning a wrench on a bicycle. Sure, sure, this probably applies to anything a person likes to do, but like I said… it’s my blog. 🙂
Bicycle maintenance is much more akin to joy than work. It is as creative as painting a landscape. It is as rewarding as hitting on a $5 scratch-off ticket. It is a task that must be done if you are to take care of your machine.
Sure, it is nicks and scrapes on knuckles hitting metal. Sure, it is grease under fingernails that stubbornly survives soap and water. But, it is much more… It is sweat applied in pursuit of a goal. It is a sense of accomplishment at a job well done. It is personal pride at the results of your handiwork.
Whether it is changing a flat or repacking headset bearings… there is no sweeter bike ride than one on a bike you maintain yourself.