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Old 03-26-07, 10:34 AM   #1
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Trek 720 Multitrack repair questions

Hi Everyone! I am new to biking and someone has been kind enough to pass down an older (or so I think) Trek 720 Multitrack. It is in need of few repairs (the chain is broken) but I would also like to spruce it up a little since it is worn. It could use some new tires for starters.

1. Where can I find information on bicycle mechanics?

2. Should I just take it to a repair shop since I don't know what I am doing?
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Old 03-26-07, 10:41 AM   #2
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THis depends on whether you want to invest in tools and if you want to use this as a learning process.
Depending on what work needs to be done, you may end up spending a lot more on tools than a basic $50 tune up at you're LBS would cost. If you just want to get it on the road quickly I would recommend just getting the tune done, then do you're own maintenance along the way, and buy tools when needed.
If you want to be completely self sustainable, then by all means buy the tools and parts you need, but also take a look at Sheldon Brown's website. Most of you're repair questions will probably be answered there. Also getting a beginner's bike maintenance manual could help. Try something by Leonard Zinn.
You could also search through the forums for pointers if you get stuck on something.
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Hi Everyone! I am new to biking and someone has been kind enough to pass down an older (or so I think) Trek 720 Multitrack. It is in need of few repairs (the chain is broken) but I would also like to spruce it up a little since it is worn. It could use some new tires for starters.

1. Where can I find information on bicycle mechanics?

2. Should I just take it to a repair shop since I don't know what I am doing?
I have a 1990 Trek 720 Multi Track. I can tell you that it has little monetary value. I paid around $50 for it and probably got robbed. So with that in mind you will want to be careful about not sinking too much money into it. IOW, there is a point where you ditch it and go buy a new bike.

MIne is just used as a beater and i only ride it to work occasionally and the rest of the time it hangs out in my garage. Depending on the year of your bike, it most likely will take tools that won't work on "modern day" bikes. So if you ever buy a new bike, you will need a new round of tools.

Some tools are more universal like chain tools and tire levers. I would suggest at least buying a set of each of those and and then see what you lack. I am not buying a freewheel remover or bottom bracket tool for my old 720 because it isn't worth it to me.
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