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May 21, 2021, 12:29 p.m. -  Enurjetik

"I didn't panic immediately however, it seemed to happen even faster than that. What if I'd ruined the entire frame? Was that link even available?" This resonated so strongly with me that I felt it in my core.  My wife will no longer be in the same room as me when I'm working on a bike.  It's just too much to handle the roller coaster of emotion that goes something like:  1) Stress as I realize I'm in over my head but decide to plow ahead because dammit I'm riding today  2) Panic as a I think I've broken something 3) Small glimmer of hope as I find a potential solution in a forum or on YouTube 4) Elation as I fix what I just broke  5) Moving on to the next part of the project 6) Feeling rising stress as I realize I'm in over my head... A neighbor stopped me while I was walking my dog last week to ask if I'd put together her kid's new bike.  She had seen me working on my bikes in my open garage.  I had to tell her that none of us wanted that stress.  It's one thing to break my own stuff.  It's another to send the neighbor's kid out into traffic with a potentially faulty brake.

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