Its so damn easy to just sit back and let others take care of your shit. Especially if you, like me, are a person with a self-confidence close to minus infinity when it comes to mechanics and hangs out with a hobbit who has a ton of experience of the same mechanics. But the thing is, I really like mechanics, even if I don’t know shit about it, and I hate being dependent and feeling insecure and hurlygurly. And I love getting dirty. And feeling smug that I can do things myself.
When my rear shock started to smudge, I at first wanted to give it to Martin and beg him to fix it, but then I decided to take care of business myself. How hard could it be?
The answer is, not at all and a whole lot at the same time.
I didn’t just want Martin telling me what to do, that wouldn’t feel like taking care of business myself, and I don’t think I would learn as much from it, so instead I downloaded a manual and watched a youtube instruction movie, wrote down the steps and got down to business. Now I realize that this is kind of on the top posts on the list of uninteresting things to read about, but I thought I would write it down for myself so I remember until next time.
Step 1: remove the shock from the bike:
Piece of cake.
Step 2: remove the “holding thingie” from the shock. For that, I needed to clamp the “holding thingie” in a vise to get enough force.
Step 3: Open the shock. Exciting! Getting the shock open was easy enough, but pulling of the air sleeve demanded quite some effort.
Step 4. Clean the whole lot and remove the O-rings. Now this is when things started to get tricky. The O-rings at the bottom of the shock was easy to remove, but the upper ones were darn near impossible to get a hold on. I needed that sharp pick! In the end, I had to surrender and ask Martin for help, terrified that I would scrape up the inside of the air sleeve. BUT, for the next time, I created a tool that I think will help me do it myself.
Step 5: Replace the old O-rings with the new, and put everything back together. Add oil.
Step 6: Push the air sleeve back into place. But I couldn’t do it. DAMN. I’m too weak! So annoying. Even Martin had to work his ass off getting it back where it should be. Now I heard that you can put the shock back on the bike and use the leverage created to get the sleeve back in place. Next time, I’ll try that instead of the vise.
Step 7, loctite all the screws and put the shock back on the bike.
Step 8: Realize that there is one thing still lying on the ground that should be inside the shock and take everything apart again, and put it together, again.
Voila! Rear shock service almost done self. And yes, shamefully, I do feel kind of smug about it. I’ll probably have to fetch the pillow of shame soon, but right now I’m just gonna smirk and pat myself on the shoulder.