Today I cleaned and oiled up my bike to get it ready for Sunday’s Lilac Century Ride. I have ridden this ride over the past three years (the first year I did the 50 mile version and the next two years I completed the 102 mile Century Ride).
I like to start out these rides with a clean, shiny, well tuned bike even though I may spend the day in less than optimum weather conditions.
When I was cleaning the bike I noticed that my front brake was not releasing correctly and was sticking a bit. I applied some lube and that did not rectify my problem.
My next step was to toss the bike into my car and head to my LBS for some expert help. I pulled into the parking lot of the Bicycle Butler and was helped by the owner; the always personable Tim Arnold.
Tim took a quick look and determined that one of the springs in my brake had broken. After a quick look around his store, he determined that he would have to order the part.
We talked about my upcoming ride in two days and he quickly solved the issue. He took my wounded brake off my bike and replaced it with a loaner brake for me to use until the part came in.
Tim installed the part at no charge and I was soon on my way.
And that is why I continue to frequent my local bike shops.