Greetings all, and welcome to the first of what will (hopefully) be a weekly installment of technical know-how, shop goings-on, and maintenance tips! I'll be your head wrench on our journey, and as such, I suppose this is as good a time as any other to get the boring minutiae of who I am and what I do out of the way. I promise, after all the personal details, we'll get into the cool stuff - the store recently got a shipment of new toys that I'm thrilled to introduce.
Who I Am
Still a bit of a neophyte in my own regard, the trade of "mechanic" is an exciting one that I take with earnest, deeming any day where I can learn something new to be successful. I attended the Barnett Bicycle Institute after spreading my brains around Texas State and ACC, trying to get a feel for a potential professional interest. I'd dedicated a lot of time and resources to the study of music, and it was bike mechanics that stuck. This is an exciting time to be in the world of bicycles, especially from a technical aspect, and it's been a long time since somebody set the world of classical composition on fire. Yet, I'm a serial hobbyist. Though I spend most of my day covered in grease and bike guts, my interests are varied, and I'll take on most any task that involves my hands. I've also been granted the gift of infinite patience, and if it involves intense concentration and unlimited hours of dedication, you'll find me doing it off the clock.
My own machine as it stands in March of 2017. More improvements coming soon, fingers crossed! As the adage goes, "you'll know if somebody rides fully-rigid/single-speed because they'll tell you in the first five minutes of meeting them". Riders know this to be true. I like my bike. Shout-out to Spot Brand!
What I Do
At Texas Cycle Werks, we, of course, step-up to any kind of bike from any kind of era, and we'll try our best to get it working like a dream. I'm a rubbish salesman, but if you're looking for a bike, I can get you the price and technical specs, just don't expect any high-pressure tactics from me. I appreciate fine craftsmanship, and there's real pleasure in working on and selling bikes that were built with great care and skill (let alone, riding a bike of good quality).
I'll be blogging about technical topics and bike maintenance.