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Old 04-09-06, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hi all, any chance someone can teach me a bit more about bikes? I know the simple stuff (i think) i just want to get into it a bit more and if something goes wrong with my bike i would like to repair it myself instead of paying for it! Thanks alot...
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yep, lots of people can.
On the internet, www.sheldonbrown.com is a bit of a bike guru, has lots and lots of useful information (lots of it non-standard info that you won't find anywhere else) and even pops in here to answer personal questions every couple of days.

The park tools website www.parktool.com has detailed, picture-filled guides for fixing just about everything on a bike.

In person, you usually have to pay. Lots of wrenches will give you one-on-one instruction for a price, just ask at your shop or post an ad. Alternatively, many shops and orgs offer free classes in bike repair (generally covering several weeks, 2 hours/week, one system at a time (brakes, shifters, hubs, etc.)) With bike-to-work month coming up, there are likely to be more resources like this now than any other time in the year. Depends on where you live, though.
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Thanks, do youknow much about repairs?
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Old 04-09-06, 03:07 PM   #4
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Zinn has some good books-for road bikes and mtn.bikes-depending on which you ride-here is the link to the road bike:
http://www.akpress.org/2000/items/zi...ikemaintenance
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I've taken two formal classes on bicycle maintenance, and several "informal" classes where fellow cyclists have offered to teach me how to do various things.

For the formal classes, check with:
-- your local university or college - they often put on a basic bicycle maintenance class on a day or two during the spring or summer. (that's where I took my first class)
-- your local community classes - you know the "leisure guides" most towns put out offering classes in pottery, yoga, beginner's French, etc. ... well sometimes they have a bicycle maintenance class too.
-- your LBS - sometimes they put on a class. In fact, in the previous place I lived, one LBS put on a course that was held once a week throughout the winter (10 or 12 weeks, I think) and got quite in-depth. I would have loved to take that one, but it didn't fit into my schedule then.
-- places like MEC and REI - they often have a whole series of classes on various sports and bicycle maintenance is one of them. (that's where I took my second class)
-- your local bicycle touring club - I've often seen those clubs offer a bicycle maintenance class, especially shortly before any of their bigger tours.
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Ok, thanks for all the help.
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