A Soft Touch over Muscle

Soft touch of a bicycle mechanicI’ve learned the hard way that bicycle repair takes a whole lot of finesse, and not too much muscle.  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about right?

Tightening a carbon seat post, adjusting shifter cables, and pretty much everything else on a bicycle requires a soft touch or else you just might do more damage than good.

You see, my problem is that I’m not quite the mechanic that I’d like to be….so when I’m doing my own repairs on the bike, I seem to muscle my way through it.  Well, at least I used to do that.  I realize now how delicate my beloved bikes are, and that having a delicate hand is the only way to go.

But a soft touch is also the way to approach things in everyday life as well.  Some people have success by bullying their way, or muscling through a situation….but to me that is not real success.  If you have to push someone down, or screw them over to get ahead….then you’re really further behind than you may think.

There are some aspects of life where I seem to handle situations in a calm and delicate way….and it’s always provided nothing but good things.  But there’s also aspects that I’m still working on.  Yeah, at times this mild-mannered cyclist can totally lose his temper and lash out at a person or situation.  Each time this happens, I’m reminded how doing so is about as effective as muscling my way through a bicycle repair.

There’s only one bicycle repair professional that I know personally well enough to witness if what they’ve learned by fixing a bike has taught them how to successfully react in all life situations.  Yeah, he really knows how to Make it Happen.  I wonder if all bike mechanics have a soft touch over muscle…..on and off the bike?

  • Ed

    I too have learned this the hard way. When I first started working on my own bike I would tighten things too tight and force other things that shouldn’t be forced. I now have learned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Starry/100000742238449 Tim Starry

    mostly true…unless you work in a community bike shop on recycled/donated bicycles…some of which have been lawn art or stuck in a garage for lengthy periods…even then a little liquid wrench, ammonia and the proper tool is key

    …and positive waves

  • Jeremy

    It seems as though the bicycle mechanics I know are all mellow guys as well so maybe there is something to it. I leave all my repairs and tune ups to them so I haven’t really had the chance to see if I would muscle my way through it or not.