Today’s QT comes to us from Coach David Ertl. It’s one of those tips I heard for the first time and thought, That’s so simple and sensible, and would readily solve a bugaboo of mine, that’s it’s brilliant. I will be the first to admit that I often make a mental note of something or other on a ride I need to address later – something’s squeaky, or a cable needs a slight barrel turn; it could be anything, really. Then I roll in from my ride, put everything away, get cleaned up, and then totally forget about what I needed to do. I almost always remember right before my next ride, usually with no spare time to make the needed adjustment or tweak. Sound familiar? —John Marsh
Here’s what David wrote:
I have a white board by my work bench. When I finish my ride I write down anything that needs to be done to the bike.
I don’t usually feel like working on it right after a ride and will only remember it right before the next ride if I don’t write it down.
This process allows me to wander in there anytime and see the board to remind myself what I need to do in terms of any maintenance and repair before my next ride. So I have plenty of time to do it, and don’t try to rush it right before a ride. That often results in haphazard work, or worse, realizing I don’t have a needed part or accessory to complete the repair.
When I’m done with that particular task, done well in advance of my planned ride, I simply erase it from the board.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team