You know that one person who knows everything and makes you feel like you don’t? Well I am here to tell you they don’t know shit on you — they just like to think they do.
I’m not saying that everyone’s like that. And I actually know a few who I do trust, because I know they have my best interests at heart — and 9 times out of 10 they are right (kinda). But don’t always believe what others say to you or think about you. Find out on your own.
For instance, bike fitting. To me that is everything. You can go to any shop and see a bike and get all wowed by it and say, “I’ll take it” — without even getting on it and seeing how it feels. You’re just so stoked you forget everything.
Now here is the kicker: you go home, get on your bike, and go for a ride — and it was the worst ride you ever had. The guys at the shop just made a shit ton of cash off you. They were like, “This bike is the hottest thing going today,” and you were like, “Hell yeah.” Now you are stuck with a bike you love cosmetically, but you don’t feel good on it. Reason? You didn’t get fitted right.
It is so important before you buy a bike that you sit on it and feel it out. Most shops will let you test ride it and fit you, but many won’t because they just wanna hear that drawer go Cha-ching . . . Sold!
But come to a shop like Queen City here in Charlotte, and I promise you Bart will not let you go out that door until he fits you right and knows you feel good on it. This also goes for Bike Source and Spoke Easy. They will not put you on something that makes you feel blah and you end up all in a funk over your purchase.
I should have had a different title for this, but it really does all go back to being “in the know.” A lot of people out there will tell you exactly what you want to hear, and you may be so influenced by what they’re saying that you don’t give it a second thought. You don’t want to do this. You literally want to be in the know.
Just use common sense when you purchase your next bike. Hell, even build your own. Don’t go to the guy from the shop who says, “It looks great on you.” Get the guy that puts you on it and asks, “How does it feel . . . do we need adjust anything?” (Adjust being the operative word.)
That is when you know that the shop cares about you and your purchase. Also, tell them what kind of riding you’re doing; most shops can direct you to the specific style of bike you need. All bike shops cater to different styles of riding, but most will get you what you need.
Now, as far as being “in the know.” I’ve ridden with guys who know more than I will ever know. I can say that I trust them. If you ask me, I will just say go to YouTube or PinkBike and find out for yourself. Teaching yourself and learning how parts work is great. You may struggle, but once you get the idea everything becomes “like chedda baby.” Knowledge is power.
I will be getting more into knowing about the wheeling and dealing of bikes in future posts. But for now I say — as I do any other day — keep the wheels rolling forward, hydrate, and RAMFB.