Once again I find myself in a hobby conundrum. The only good thing is that I recognize it, and might be able to escape this one. However, I am not really sure.
I used to love riding my bicycle. I rode all over the place. This might have a lot to do with the fact that I didn’t have a car, but I am pretty sure that isn’t all of it. I know I loved the feeling of speed and power. I remember once thinking I could be in the Tour de France. I was never that good, but every boy has to dream.
I have always owned a bike. When I had a job as a teenager, I took my bike to work every day. If I had the choice of bus or cycle, I always chose cycle. When I lived in Japan I bought a bike on a whim and had to carry it home on a very packed subway and train. This was the kind of thing I did. I never second guessed decisions like that.
Lately, I have been thinking about getting back on my bike before the dust in the garage consumes it completely. It would certainly help with the fitness part of my diet. Of course, being dusty, it is going to require a bit of maintenance, and that is where the dilemma comes from. I could pay someone to do it for me, or I could do it myself.
I know that I would rather do it myself. Yes, it is a mechanical job, but it doesn’t seem that hard. So, I did what I always do. I checked the internet and found lots of good resources and tools. Do you see where I am going with this?
Regular readers of this blog (if there are any) know that I have tool equipment lust to a terribly high degree. Sometimes, I love hobby tools more than the hobby itself. I thought I was strange, but after reading other blogs and internet forums, I know I am not the only one. Plus, I am one of those guys. I think tools are cool. I want them, and I want good ones.
My current lust features two things: A bike stand for working on the bike, and a dedicated set of tools. Of course, there are some really flashy ones out there, but I have settled on these two. The fact that they come in sexy anodized blue is just a coincidence–or is it. Perhaps, I really don’t need these things, but I scratched the itch, and I am now I am starting to obsess.
I probably have enough tools that I only need a few specialized ones to do any repair that I want. I also don’t need sexy blue tools. Plain ones will do. As for the bike stand, while not necessary, it certainly would be handy.
The next deadly step is to go to a bike shop (rather than the internet) to see what they have. I might succumb and regret it, but what else can I do.