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    Where can one learn these things?

    Our local vo-tech school doesn't offer a bicycle mechanic course, and I'm afraid to monkey around on my own for fear of really messing things up. I've heard in some places that LBSs have workshops, but the one here does not--afraid of loosing their monopoly if they make their customers more independant, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
    Our local vo-tech school doesn't offer a bicycle mechanic course, and I'm afraid to monkey around on my own for fear of really messing things up. I've heard in some places that LBSs have workshops, but the one here does not--afraid of loosing their monopoly if they make their customers more independant, I guess.
    Start out working on cheap/free junkers from yard sales, curbside trash, etc. That's how I started.

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    ^^^ lots of us on here started taking cheap bikes apart and referencing Sheldon's site

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    Read EVERYTHING you can about bike mechanics too. Bicycling Mag's repair manual and Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road (or MTB) mechanics" are excellent starting points as is Park tool's "Blue Book".

    The books will give you a good feel for what to expect and combined with a cheap practice bike should give you an excellent start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
    I've heard in some places that LBSs have workshops, but the one here does not--afraid of loosing their monopoly if they make their customers more independant, I guess.
    That's shortsighted. Clinics get customers in who might otherwise not come in, allow customers to keep their bikes on the road, and helps the shop encourage the customers to spend their money on upgrades and larger repair jobs intead of being nickel and dimed just keeping the bike running. I loved them as a mechanic, and we always felt they were worth the expense and effort.

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