This year has been measured by my growth as an amateur bike mechanic. I’m to the point where I can replace all the consumable parts on my bikes: chain, cassette, brake pads, tires. I’ve also gotten more comfortable with doing a full alignment of my rear derailleur to address minor shifting issues. It’s empowering to know that I can fix issues on my bikes where ever I might be, and don’t need to be dependent on having a bike shop nearby. Next up is getting over my hesitation to touch my bottom bracket and wrap my own handlebars.