Been a long week of fixing my bike and it's almost there. Lately it's nothing out of the ordinary. I find I've basically been at the shop every spare day I get to tie up some lose ends on the bike. I'm not even close to an expert but things have come a long way since starting a few years ago. This week I added the skill of rebuilding forks. Mspeed came through again and Peter took the time to teach me how they work and all the tricks of taking them apart and putting them together properly. I got to thinking today about how lost I'd be without all the help I've gotten over the last few years. I've been bailed out so many times by all the local shops. Mspeed started me racing, they've been patient and taught me so much about the bikes from the basics of setup to the maintenance tricks and setup tips you don't usually find in a manual. Bomax: John understands bikes. He's willing to teach those that want to learn and he cares about getting bikes working the best they can. Miss that shop and Carter sure is lucky to have him. Bill from 5th Gear sticking his neck out to do open track events and stunt days. A safe place to ride hard was sorely needed and while everyone was saying it was needed, he made it happen. Today, Bill took the time to weld up a mangled semi-aluminum fairing stay that most places would have turned away. He fixed it up better than before I crashed it.
I guess the message I'm trying to put out to the newbies and experienced alike is support your local independent shops. These businesses are all true enthusiasts that care about the sport and give back to all of us.