For Christmas, my family usually “asks for” things that they want. It is not an ideal situation, but it works for us. This past Christmas, I asked for a bike repair stand, and I did indeed receive a nice one made by Park Tool. I was absolutely thrilled to receive this gift, as I had grand plans to start my own bike maintenance and begin the Bridgestone MB-3 Mixte project; however, over a month after receiving the gift, I have yet to open the box.
I cannot attribute this to laziness, but rather, intimidation. I am suddenly terrified to start my own bicycle maintenance. Once I open the box, I have no excuse to run to the bike shop if I need an adjustment. I will have to try to perform the adjustment/installation/what-have-you myself first. The opening of the box, therefore, symbolizes some level of self-sufficiency, and I am not sure I am ready!
Has anyone else felt this way about doing their own bicycle maintenance? If so, how did you get over the hurdle?