A Snippet From
The East Coast Cycling
One advantage to being in a cycling club is members gain access to many different sources on training, equipment and maintenance.
Sometimes this information is gained on the fly, during training rides or over coffee afterward. Sometimes it’s delivered by mail, as in the weekly newsletter.
Following is a good example. It’s an opinion piece by Gray Braatvedt on bike shops and service that was included in the East Coast Cycling Club newsletter. His opinion is worth hearing. Not only is he an accomplished cyclist but he’s also owned and operated bike shops.
The piece was informative. It gave me a more informed sense of appreciation for the services local bike shops provide.
Before the article, though, following is a training ride video by the A-group from Suncoast to Westbrook and back. Due to a stiff south wind, the speeds were quite quick going out and much slower on the return.
It’s worth mentioning that when one rider had a puncture, they all stopped to help out, or at least keep company. That’s what club members do.
Now For Gray’s Insightful Article
There has recently been a flurry of comments about various mechanics in bike shops on the Chit Chat group and having owned a bike shop and being a bike mechanic, I’d like to weigh in with a few comments to ponder. [Read more…]