Mechanical issues are an unavoidable part of bicycle racing. But with some good maintenance (unlike what I practised), at least you can prevent the avoidable ones.
Being stuck in your smallest sprocket is a grind. When your gear cable snaps inside the shifter, extracting the frayed cable end can be finicky. Here’s an easy way to do it without too much poking, prodding and frustration.
I’ve changed a lot since I first bought a road bike. Cycling is more than just a hobby. It teaches you new skills, modifies old habits, and makes you see the world from new perspectives. It can change your life wholesale, if you let it. Here are just a few ways cycling changes you as a person.