Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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Are you mechanically handy or mechanically challenged? That makes all the difference !
Basically, if you are handy, it's relatively easy to do, especially if you can look at 1-2 other bikes to see how they are set up.
As for references, many recommend the Zinn book. A good web reference is the Park
website. Sheldon Brown also covers a few sections (look through the Glossary
The trickiest part is to adjust the limit screws and the indexing, and to adjust the mechanical advantage of cantilever brakes. As long as you give yourself plenty of time, it should not be a problem. Besides, these are worthwile steps to learn for the road.