How to Look Classy While Fixing a Puncture

You’ve probably already seen the video of Lance explaining how to change a punctured tube. It’s not geared towards us avid cyclists, because hey, I can change a flat in my sleep. Thus, I didn’t bother watching the video until just now.

What caught my eye wasn’t the blatant ad for Park Tools nor the expert way he rolled the tire on. Rather, what I saw was the Coors Classic cap Lance wore and the oh-so-classy Peugeot he was working on. Forget Lance showing me how to do anything, I want that bike!

Here’s the video in case you didn’t see it yet or want to check out some classic steel.

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Me with the motliest and most unorthodox group of riders you'll ever meet. Photo by Lee Toma
Me with the motliest and most unorthodox group of riders you’ll ever meet.
Photo by Lee Toma

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about past discussions I’ve had regarding the latest and greatest cycling gear. I was all fired up and had written a line to sum up my thoughts: “who the *bleep* needs the latest and greatest. Just go ride.”

Darryl wrote a post about “must have” cycling equipment last week, so my post about adaptability will have to wait until next time, especially since commenter Pedalpilot brought up an excellent point:

A real rider needs little more than a bike, and a desire to ride.

Since cycling is back in fashion now, and for years has been replacing golf for business meetings, the mindset of having the best and most expensive seems to be popular. Bicycling magazines, websites and shops are all geared up for the latest and greatest equipment. There are constant reviews of things than can be had much cheaper when you’re not paying for the brand name. Assos is a great example of this. You want how much for a pair of bibs? Oh, only the cost of my mortgage every month. Ok.

I’m all for innovation, and I’m sure there’s a reason for 11 speed cassettes on bikes (I’m thinking to ditch a chainring in the front) but at some point your bank account begs for mercy, and you have to think, do I really need this to ride?

The answer is no. You don’t really need that thing, what you need is more time in the saddle. Unless your bike is in need of repair (and at that point you can look into upgrading), don’t fix what’s not broken. Your bike isn’t a show car meant to sit around in the garage being drooled over, it’s meant to be out there, on the roads or trails, being ridden.