My buddy, stylo328 here (I love to single out people outloud!), is putting together a bike. He has pretty much everything for it too except for the shoes/pedals, seat, and cables. He already installed a few things, but he needs to install the bottom bracket and arms, put the cables, put the chain, adjust all the gears, and do a final fit for the handlebar/stem height and seat. Since neither him or I have experience doing mostly the bottom bracket and gear adjustments, he decided to look into the LBS to see who would put it all together for the least possible. He is geeting quoted between $100-150 for the labor alone, which I think is a bit ridiculous given the little amount of work left to do.
We were discussing this today and it occured to us that maybe we should just learn how to do it ourselves. We may need to get a few tools, which may pay themselves with not having to pay a LBS to do maintenance. My question is, can you point some really good resources to read or see to learn how to do the work and maintenance? Books, links, videos, etc.?