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Don't you hate this clickbait bullshit? I do for sure. That's why I won't use this for title. And I guess your repairman won't lose sleep over the articles you read.

Can you fix a flat tire? Replace a broken chain? Can you change an inner tube? I could go on with the questions. There are lots of things that can break on your much loved bike and maintenance costs are high. I'm not going to lie, I just turned 40, cycling since I was a little kid, but never changed an inner tube just until recently. I started to learn bike maintenance and boy it feels good.
But why should you learn to fix your bicycle? I'll put forth 7 good arguments for it.

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#1 Cut back on costs, save time

If you can do basic bike maintenance, you can cut back on the service costs. Maintenance also costs time and a broken down bike is hard to carry around to the repair shop. Sure, you must keep some parts stocked for your bike, but that's easy. You only need to keep a stock of critically important stuff like inner tubes.

Bicycle repairmen are heroes as you can witness with your own eyes below:

#2 Less downtime, more safety

A well maintained bike is more fun to ride. It works better, it feels better, it looks better. A top-notch bike will break down less, letting you ride it all year. Oh, and it's safer. Having a mechanical failure during an enjoyable bike trip is a real nightmare. Bike failures can lead to injuries. Recovering is no fun, not cheap and you can't ride while you aren't healthy.

Bike suffers taco
Nice taco there! Can you fix it? (image found on pinterest)

#3 Full control over replacement parts

Ever been to a repair shop where they installed the crappiest tires or cassette just to save costs? This doesn't just save cost for them, but makes sure you will return soon for another replacement when the low quality parts break down again.

 #4 Understand how your bike works

Knowledge is fun when it's about something you love. Knowledge is power and bikes are no exception. By understanding how your bike parts work, you will be able to make better informed decisions on when and how to upgrade your bicycle.

#5 Be the cool guy who can help a friend out

Your friends you ride with will be certainly awed and grateful if you can help fix their problems during a bike tour. Be a boon to your bros, they will love you like no other.

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Ever seen an All Wheel Drive FATBIKE? I didn't, until today... Check this masterpiece, it's awesome! Bike manufactured by Christini Bicycles - head over to their website for more info. Images taken from their website.

AWD fatbike
AWD fatbike from christinibicycles.com

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Draisine: the invention of bicycle

Bicycles turn 200 this year. In this post I attempt to recite the whole history of bicycles. It has been a long, bumpy road from the first wooden bike to nowadays super-optimized carbonfiber frame monsters.

Bikes were invented in the early 19th century. We are not quite sure about the origins, but the first verified and documented prototype was built by Charles, Baron von Drais, of Sauerbrun in Mannheim, Germany. The first bicycle was similar to what we call running bike today. It had no drivetrain of any sort, no proper handlebars and it was carved out of wood. First they called it draisine, later on velocipede, drasienne and then it arrived to Britain and got nicknamed dandy horse. The word draisine is still in use for railbikes.

Draisine - ancient bicycle made from wood
Draisine - the first bike model. Illustration sourced from wikipedia.

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