Up and down my street, fathers, grandfathers and uncles are playing with bicycles. New bikes for the kids. Old bikes that are being dusted off for mom or dad.
Because I ride a lot and have a few tools, they often ask me to borrow a spoke wrench or a chain tool or ask for some advice.
I can bluff my way through a few of these things -- hey, I've even repacked bearings, not that anyone needs to do that anymore -- but a lot of stuff about bikes baffles me.
I was figuring that you might be baffled, too.
I invite you to ask those baffling questions about bicycle maintenance. I can answer some of them, but for the ones that baffle me, let's ask a wrench. Alan Medcalf, an avid Waterloo cyclist, cycling advocate and teacher of bike mechanics in Guelph at the Winterborne Bicycle Institute, has offered to field some of your questions. Send your queries to me either here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll report back on the simple (or not so simple) solutions to your problem.
The question I most commonly hear is: What kind of bicycle should I buy? You ask it; I'll tell you.