Repairing/overhauling a bike sure takes a long time. And its messy. I now understand why those tune ups cost so much (usually making the bulk of the profits at a shop).
Tore apart my mountain bike to the bare frame. Most of the grease had turned black or brown with a nasty smell. Gary Fisher had the bright idea of putting unsealed headsets on the bike and the bottom bearing was really bad. Unsealed headset + dirty riding + 2 years no cleaning = nightmare to clean. I'm going to just replace the bearings. I need 22 of 5/32"? loose bearings. I hope my shop has a 22 bearing retainer. Loose screws doesnt have one.
Rebuilt the hubs too. Front wasn't bad, but the rear was horrible. My non-drive side bearings are all dull grey and requires replacement. Once again, unsealed bearings + dirty riding + 2 years no cleaning = nightmare.
I need to invest in a shop apron and feels good to have saved a huge chunk of change by doing it myself.