Unlocking the Secrets of My Bike, One Embarrassing Moment At A Time

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Okay, so this is the fancy gear shifting system on my new bike. The very same gear system I insisted was malfunctioning when I carried the whole bike into the bike shop today. I had to carry the bike because the front tire had gone flat sometime after the 7.5-mile micro ride I took Saturday. I’m on a roll, what can I say?

I was only a few miles from my house Saturday when the black lever would not click any more to shift gears. The gears wouldn’t shift, so I assumed my bike was busted. I mean what else could it be?

Massive operator error, that’s what.

Today’s humbling experience involved me learning how to properly shift the gears on my bike after it became painfully clear to the young man who sold it to me that I needed some serious help. Turns out the whole breaking mechanism clicks sideways in order to shift. Duh.

I felt a little better when the bike shop guy said the flat was likely the result of a faulty tube and not anything I did.

Well, that’s a relief.

Today I was once again overwhelmed by my cycling ignorance. I’ve been riding bikes since childhood, but I feel like I’m just now learning how to do it correctly. The thought of completing a triathlon seems all the more crazy today given my the difficulty I’m having doing basic things like shifting gears, etc. My word.

P.S. I’ll have another podcast ready for you soon. Really, I still podcast.

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