Being the first post to the new site I wanted to welcome you to Ride it Wrench it! If you have followed me on Rumbling Rider over the last 3 years you’ll know something about this blog already. As I mentioned on the previous blog that most likely led you here I had some ideas and needed to change the name to better reflect the new ideas. I kept all of the content from Rumbling Rider and moved it to this blog since there was so much good information that readers might want to continue to refer to.
Much of this blog will be the same, focusing on riding experiences and using photos and video to relate the adventure to you. The other focus will be on maintenance of your bike. Maintenance has become a very successful part of the blog and my You Tube channel and probably the key reason Rumbling Rider even continued. Because of the interest in self maintenance I realized there really needed to be a change in the naming convention of the blog to represent its content more thoroughly.
In regards to the maintenance I want to re-emphasize that I will not be getting into bike repairs. There could be some cross over on what people consider repair vs maintenance though. My focus is still to show you how to upkeep the bike following the maintenance intervals as recommended by the manufacturer. There will still be some videos on bike upgrades as well. Processes like changing brake pads even though it kind of crosses into repairs will still be included.
I take pride in wrenching my own bike and want to continue to share that ability with others. It helps you know your bike better and saves a lot of money in the process. I believe everyone should wrench on their bikes to some extent. Everyone’s level of ability will differ and that’s all right. The bottom line is the better you know your bike, the quicker your going to know if something is wrong. If your maintaining your bike you’ll usually notice a problem while wrenching on it and be able to take care of it before damage is caused, an example being brake pads. It’s a lot cheaper to replace worn brake pads before they grind into the rotor which will then cost even more to repair. By maintaining the bike you’ll help to prevent damage which leads to costly repairs.
Margaret from This Lady Rides and I have also began a new series called Fill Your Tank. In these videos we take the viewer on a ride our favorite eating places on our bikes. We will be combining these destinations with a complete riding experience soon that will be downloadable. These packages will include turn by turn directions on scenic roads and keep you off the interstates for an enjoyable relaxing ride. It will also include places of interest along the way to visit. Basically the package will be a completely prepared riding experience so you don’t have to spend valuable time figuring out where to go, what to see, where to eat, where to turn, or how far it is. All of this information will already be put together so you can just get on your bike and enjoy the experience.
I am also incorporating a bike event page. As of this post it is in the beginning stages. In short time you will be able to advertise bike events in your area on the site for free. I know there are already comprehensive bike event pages but I wanted to offer it as well and see how it goes with hopes it will be utilized.
Lastly I will be offering gear for sale. I worked hard on what I consider to be a fantastic logo that anyone can wear and relate to. They can take pride in riding and wrenching their bike and show that pride with some of the gear I will offer. Even though my logo represents the name of my site it is still individualized so anyone can wear it without looking like an advertisement billboard. To be honest, everything I do to bring you the content costs money. I want to provide a way to contribute so I can continue to add more content. Fuel, digital media, software, tools, fluids, parts, internet, domain renewals, plug ins, etc. costs and is all part of what it takes to bring you content and your support is greatly appreciated.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this blog and related content as I move forward with Ride it Wrench it.