Ever have someone tell you something but you are so stuck on your convictions that you ignore that person? For example, say you went to the bike shop to get a new bike pump and the pumps were over what you wanted to spend on that particular day. Say you went to that bike shop already thinking they were going to over charge you, so when you saw a price tag of 32 dollars instead of the 20 you were willing to pay, you told the bike shop sales man there was no way you were paying for that pump and then walk out the door.
Then let's say you go to a different bike shop, they have a larger selection of bike pumps from 20 dollars to 50 dollars. The bike shop guy tells you why, in fact, you should buy the more expensive pump but you know better! I mean, seriously, it is just a pump in the event you get a flat on the trail. No need for anything too expensive, right?
Well, I have learned that I was wrong. Oh, so wrong. I bought the 20 dollar bike pump once upon a time...
First of all, for all of my cycling friends, if you don't know how to change your own tire, now is the time to learn. I am very lucky to know how to change my tire, and am, in fact, fairly skilled in the swap. The reality is that cyclists are nice people, but they don't all know how to help you, so the only person you can rely on is yourself. Learn the skill!!!
Second, equipment matters!!! If a professional tells you to do something, do it... If you don't believe them, get a second opinion! The day I went to two bike shop to buy a pump, was the day I should have swallowed my pride and bought a good bike pump!