A visit to the bike shop

A visit to the bike shop - about as painful as a trip to the dentist?

A visit to the bike shop – as painful as a trip to the dentist?

There aren’t many things I know how to fix on my bike, but replacing worn brake pads is one of them. Mine had gone well beyond the point I should have done something about them – I wasn’t so much stopping as gliding to a gentle halt – so replacing them had become a matter of some urgency.

But before I could replace the old ones, I needed to buy new ones. Cue a visit to my friendly local bike shop.

Not so long ago, this would have filled me with terror. Even though I knew exactly what I was looking for – two sets of V-brake pads, please – the moment I walked in to a bike shop all confidence would disappear. Continue reading

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