Bicycle Mechanics - troubleshooting
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07-30-11, 08:18 PM
Being new to cycling and somewhat mechanically inclined with motorized vehicles I want to learn how to tune my bicycle. I did buy a bike repair manual, but reading it kind of makes me feel as though I am reading jibberish at this point. Is there a quick reference guide of sorts to tell what needs to be done for specific derailleur/shifting issues?
Besides the very skimpy info in most owners manuals, there's a ton of tutorials available on the net, and even some ipad apps. Search by topic, ie. "adjusting rear derailleur" and you'll find a choice of print & photo, or video instructions, both free and not. I suggest reviewing two different tutorials, until you have a sense of what's involved then starting with the basics and moving beyond that as you gain experience.
If you get stumped on a particular detail there are hundreds of people available to help or kibbitz here.
07-31-11, 04:17 PM
This is a good one. http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help If you really get stuck you can e-mail to ask for help.
08-01-11, 08:58 PM
Thanks, never thought about you tube and I have been to the park tool site just haven't looked at it close. After watching a few video's I think I'll try a few adjustments.
triumph.1, http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Magazines-Complete-Maintenance-Mountain/dp/1579540090.is a good primer written well for someone starting at ground zero, IMHO.
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