Bike Maintenance

Arnold Francisco, English 12 Online

English 12: Bike Maintenance

Why I chose to learn how to maintain my road bike

Growing up, I've loved riding my bike. I would always ask to go outside so that I may ride my bike. But as I got older, I received a new bike. This bike was amazing. It was light, fast, and made me want to go faster and faster. But there was one problem with this: it was expensive to maintain. A simple tune-up would cost me more than $50 and this had to be done every few months. Knowing this, I sought out advice and began to learn how to maintain my bike.


Quote 1: "Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life."

Quote 2: "Maintaining a bicycle is about getting back to basics" - Bike Radar

Quote 3: "If your bike makes a noise, it’s trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore it." -

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Having seen Arnold accomplish the task of maintaining his bike, it has shown me that he is able to learn anything that he puts his mind to. Arnold learning how to maintain his bike has given him new insight into how to use tools and how his bike functions as a system. His new skills have given me new confidence into letting him pursue tasks that involve critical thinking and the use of power tools. It also helps that him knowing how to maintain his bike saves me a trip to the bike shop and some money.

- Arnold Francisco, Father