Women’s participation in cycling is booming, which is brilliant. More women are finding that a life on two wheels opens up new worlds to explore, friends to make and addictions to satisfy. Although, you wouldn’t have such a passion for the sport unless you have the perfect mechanical companion to chaperone you to happiness, and that’s where bike mechanics come into play.
Who of us are quick to pawn our bikes off on a friend or partner when there’s trouble? Admittedly, I used to as well and you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re afraid to tinker in case you make things worse, or maybe it’s because you haven’t the faintest idea what’s making that creaking sound. Whatever the reason, you’re missing out a whole other world of cycling that will only further your bicycle bond.
Towards the end of last year, I embarked on a journey of mechanical enlightenment as I had become fed up of relying on other people to fix my bike woes, and not to mention the costs I had to pay for a shop to set things straight. That journey led me to Cytech Training which is known for being an “internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians”. I took part in a two-day entry level course to learn the basics of bicycle care, which you can read about in detail here.
Knowing this was just the tip of the iceberg and with my cat-like curiosity, I headed back to the Cytech training centre earlier this year to earn a full mechanic’s qualification by undertaking Cytech Level 2. With a new skill set under my belt, I’ve learnt a great deal about not only bikes, but myself, and here are some undeniable reasons why you too should get greasy and up close and personal with your bike…