Monday, August 4, 2008

I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars…

Actually I can’t, but I do like the Flobots. But what I CAN do is change out my cassette! And obviously since I’m blogging about it I’m very excited about this. See, if you have race wheels, it’s good to put your cassette on your race wheels because your chain and cassette wear together. Some people keep a different cassette on their race wheels, but this can sometimes lead to shifting problems (chain skipping, etc). Marty has always changed out my cassette before races, even though he doesn’t really like bike type work. I know some guys love this stuff, but not him. But he loves me so he will do this for me with minimal grumbling ;) A few years ago he said, “Look Bri, you really should learn how to do this yourself. It’s simple, you take this chain whip (me: what the heck type of tool is that?) and you wrap it around your cassette, put the wheel between your legs, put this key in here, take a wrench…"(me: lalalalalalalalala) I claimed girly ignorance and never had to do it myself.

Enter a few weeks ago my good friend Alysia who recently bought some race wheels off of Stacey. Alysia wanted to learn how to do this so Marty held an impromptu cassette changing 101 for us. I figured if she was going to learn than I should too. Especially since she was learning at our house – I mean what was I going to do, claim girliness again and watch tv? We both watched Marty and it still seemed a bit confusing but I had seen it done several times now even though I never admitted to watching before. Last Friday Alysia came over again with her bike and race wheels and planned on changing out her cassette while Marty watched. She did it with little problem and then Marty said, “Bri, do you want to try?” I immediately answered no, but then decided I might as well step it up. And like my 3 year old niece would say, “I did it!” And just to be sure, I took my cassette back off yesterday morning before our ride and got it back on my regular wheel before Marty even came downstairs. I wonder what I should learn next.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Bri !!!
I wanted to say congrats to you on your awesome race at Lake logan!! Ashley said she met you! I had to snicker - you are one very talented gal - you were FAST after being so hurt for so long with that darn foot!! :) Jen H.

LZ said...

Way to be a big girl and change out your cassette!! Eric is changing mine right now as I type this!! :)

Congrats on Lake Logan too!!!
-Laurie

Rebecca DeWire said...

Wow, I am really impressed! Now I feel totally lame since I leave all bike mechanical issues to Scott..my contribution before riding is to fill up the water bottles! You might have inspired me to tell Scott to hand over the tools.

Also, you did awesome at Lake Logan. You are such a talented athlete and make it look so easy.

Beth said...

I gotta tell you - the chain whip scares me!!! I took one look at that thing and decided I wanted 2 cassettes, one for my race wheels and one for my training wheels. :) I am really impressed that you can do this new trick though! Perhaps now you should start building your own bikes?

Heather said...

I thought a cassette was something you put in your sony walkman....learn something new everyday!

Flatman said...

Good girl...now pull a bottom bracket! :)

Anonymous said...

LOL! I always have to show my guy friends how to change their cassette...and how to pack their bike for transportation. I don't know why I bother though...they still have to borrow my tools to do it!