A few days after a friend of mine died in a car crash, I began to see a growing trend in the repair business: repairing roads.
I am not an expert in road repair, but after talking with some friends and a few of my own repair shop colleagues, I started to think it was time for a refresher course.
The goal was to educate people on how to fix their damaged road bicycles and to share that knowledge with the public.
In a few days, I realized there was something I needed to tell you: I have an extensive road bicycle collection.
As a hobby, I have repaired many of the most iconic road bikes in history.
My collection includes classics like the Raleigh Raleigh, the Rambler, and the Harley-Davidson Ghost, but my collection has also included bikes from the late 1970s, the 1980s, and early 1990s.
And there are still many more that I have yet to discover.
I want to share some of the more obscure and unusual bikes that I’ve been able to collect, and what I have found over the years.
If you are a rider, repair shop owner, or owner of a bike, please share your stories with us.
What are the advantages of repairing roads?
What are some of your favorite repairs?
How do you get started?
What kinds of repairs are available?
I want to see what you do with the bikes you have.
I also want to know what you find the most fascinating.
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What are your favorite parts of a road bicycle?
What is the difference between a road bike and a bicycle with an electric power assist?
I want people to be able to see my collection of road bicycles.
So I am sharing it with you.
Why do you love to ride your bicycle?
The idea of going to the beach or the grocery store to ride my bike has become an essential part of my daily routine.
I know that a road cycle is a great way to get around and feel the outdoors.
I love the challenge and challenge of riding the bike.
The only thing that I’m less than enthused about is taking the wheel on the back of a motorbike.
When you find a roadbike that has a power assist, what do you do?
Most road bikes come with a power-assisted brake and a front and rear electric assist.
When you have a bike that does not have a power aid, you are stuck with the manual brake.
My favorite parts are the front and back electric assist on the Raleigh and Ghost.
What are your other favorite parts?
My collection is made up of a wide variety of bicycle brands and models.
The Harley-Davidsons are the most common, followed by the Harley Davidson Ghost and Raleigh Raleigh.
The Ramblers are also popular.
I like the Harley V-Strom, which I used on many rides.
What is your favorite bike?
When I am in a hurry, I often ride the Raleigh.
When I need a quick trip to the store or a short ride, I like to use the Harley.
If you could fix a road or bike, what would you do differently?
If I could fix any road bike, it would be the Raleigh, because it’s the best road bike I have ever ridden.
How do you fix a broken road?
What types of repairs can I do to fix a bike?
Why are there so many problems with road repairs?
It’s not just a question of getting a repair kit from the shop.
It’s also a question about fixing a broken bicycle.
I have been fixing road bikes for years, and I have not seen anyone with a serious injury or serious mechanical problem.
If a bike does not seem to be functioning properly, I usually go to the shop and see if they can fix it.
If not, I fix it myself.
Do you have any favorite repairs that you would like to share?